The Imperative of Health: Public Health and the Regulated Body

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Overview

In this reappraisal of public health and health promotion in contemporary societies, Deborah Lupton explores public health and health promotion using contemporary sociocultural and political theory, particularly that building on Foucault's writings on subjectivity, embodiment and power relations. The author examines the implications of the new social theories for the study of health promotion and health communication to analyze the symbolic nature of public health practices, and explores their underlying meanings and assumptions.

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Editorial Reviews

Bernard J. Turnock
This book reviews the history of the development of public health practice, specifically in the area of health promotion, and challenges many of its underlying assumptions and principles. The book explicitly seeks to undermine current beliefs and practices in health promotion to stimulate greater critical review and analysis of approaches in this important aspect of public health practice. The book is definitely geared toward academics and students in the field. Its critical and provocative analyses would also benefit practitioners and policy makers, although these audiences will find the academic writing style somewhat laborious. The book has virtually no other notable features. The references are excellent in terms of quantity and quality. The book has both a hard and soft cover version. This is a fine scholarly work that brings together some very interesting and thought-provoking analyses. The book's strengths, namely its scholarly approach and critical thinking, well serves its audience of academics and students. Yet, despite its value in these areas, it is not likely to influence other audiences. Although an essential book for university health science libraries, it would not be so highly valued in other health libraries.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH(University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description:This book reviews the history of the development of public health practice, specifically in the area of health promotion, and challenges many of its underlying assumptions and principles.
Purpose:The book explicitly seeks to undermine current beliefs and practices in health promotion to stimulate greater critical review and analysis of approaches in this important aspect of public health practice.
Audience:The book is definitely geared toward academics and students in the field. Its critical and provocative analyses would also benefit practitioners and policy makers, although these audiences will find the academic writing style somewhat laborious.
Features:The book has virtually no other notable features. The references are excellent in terms of quantity and quality. The book has both a hard and soft cover version.
Assessment:This is a fine scholarly work that brings together some very interesting and thought-provoking analyses. The book's strengths, namely its scholarly approach and critical thinking, well serves its audience of academics and students. Yet, despite its value in these areas, it is not likely to influence other audiences. Although an essential book for university health science libraries, it would not be so highly valued in other health libraries.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803979352
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/11/1995
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Lupton in an independent sociologist based in Sydney. She was previously Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies at Charles Sturt University. She has published 12 books and over 100 journal articles and book chapters on the topics of the social and cultural aspects of medicine and public health; risk; embodiment; HIV/AIDS; fear of crime; parenting cultures; infancy and childhood; the emotions; food; critical weight studies; and digital sociology.

Her current research is focusing on dimensions of maternal, unborn and child embodiment, obesity as a sociocultural phenomenon, m-health and the body, and digital sociology. She is convenor of the Sydney Health & Society Group and the co-convenor of the Australian Food, Society and Culture Network.

Deborah is an advocate of using social and other digital media for professional purposes. She blogs at ‘This Sociological Life’, tweets @DALupton, has a number of Pinterest boards and Storify presentations dealing with her current research interests and administers three Facebook pages: Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine, Digital Sociology and Sociology of Parenting. She contributes pieces to The Conversation and Crikey online discussion sites and is an invited member of the Crikey Health and Medical Panel. She has also developed a free Android app called ‘Medical Sociology’ which explains over 25 key concepts on that topic for students.

Further details of her academic publications can be found on her Academia.edu webpage and her citation metrics may be viewed on her Google Scholar profile.

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Table of Contents

Governing the Masses
The Emergence of the Public Health Movement
Technologies of Health
Contemporary Health Promotion and Public Health
Taming Uncertainty
Risk Discourse and Diagnostic Testing
Communicating Health
The Mass Media and Advertising in Health Promotion
Bodies, Pleasures and the Practices of the Self

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