Self-care: Embodiment, Personal Autonomy and the Shaping of Health Consciousness / Edition 1

Self-care: Embodiment, Personal Autonomy and the Shaping of Health Consciousness / Edition 1

by Christopher Ziguras
     
 

This book examines the widespread cultural and political consequences of the proliferation of popular health advice. It provides a key theoretical contribution to the sociological study of health and embodiment by illuminating the processes of social change that have transformed how individuals care for themselves and the ways in which power and desire now shape

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This book examines the widespread cultural and political consequences of the proliferation of popular health advice. It provides a key theoretical contribution to the sociological study of health and embodiment by illuminating the processes of social change that have transformed how individuals care for themselves and the ways in which power and desire now shape health behaviour.
Self-Care will be of essential interest to students and academics working within the fields of sociology, health and social welfare.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415300582
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/10/2003
Series:
Routledge Advances in Sociology Series
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1Introduction: You are your own saviour and your own worst enemy1
2Learning to care for one's self14
3Sending the health message27
4Natural alternatives56
5Self-care and anti-institutional politics75
6The nagging state93
7Narcissism and self-care: Theorizing America's obsession with mundane health behaviour111
8Governing one's self124
9Reflexivity, rationalization and health risk140
10Technological salvation or more human solutions?156
11Conclusion: Towards a social-ecological approach to self-care promotion170
Bibliography182
Index197

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