The Sociology of Health Promotion: Critical Analyses of Consumption, Lifestyle and Risk

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 1995-08-25
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The Sociology of Health Promotionoffers analyses of contemporary public health policy, lifestyle, consumption, risk and health. It also examines socio-political critiques of health promotion and reflects upon their implications for policy and practice. Topics include: the institutional emergence of health promotion at both global and national levels; issues of gender and race in health promotion; accidents and the risk of society; smoking; HIV and AIDS; aging; and the body and health related consumption. A key theme of the collection is that health promotion is emblematic of wider socio-cultural changes such as the demise of institutional forms of welfare and social control, a blurring of "expert" and lay knowledge, a heightened collective perception of uncontainable risks, and a shift to a consumer rather than a producer driven economy.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors viii
Acknowledgements x
Sociology and health promotion: health, risk and consumption under late modernism
Roger Burrows
Sarah Nettleton
Robin Bunton
Part I The institutional context of health promotion
Health promotion: rhetoric and reality
Richard Parish
From Alma Ata to Asda -- and beyond: a commentary on the transition in health promotion services in primary care from commodity to control
Laurann Yen
Part II Socio-political critiques of health promotion
Sociological critiques of health promotion
Sarah Nettleton
Robin Bunton
Feminist critiques of health promotion
Norma Daykin
Jennie Naidoo
Developing anti-racist health promotion strategies
Jenny Douglas
The modern and the postmodern in health promotion
Michael P. Kelly
Bruce Charlton
The baby and the bath water: examining socio-cultural and free-market critiques of health promotion
Charlie Davison
George Davey Smith
Part III Knowledge, risk and health promotion
The development of a scientific fact: the case of passive smoking
Peter Jackson
Accidents and the risk society: some problems with prevention
Judith Green
Chance and modernity: accidents as a public health problem
Lindsay Prior
`London dentist in HIV scare': HIV and dentistry in popular discourse
Nicki Thorogood
Part IV Health promotion, consumption and lifestyle
In the name of health
Barry Glassner
Positive ageing: what is the message?
Mike Hepworth
Health and lifestyle: a critical mess? Notes on the dedifferentiation of health
Martin O'Brien
Consumption and health in the `epidemiological' clinic of late modern medicine
Robin Bunton
Roger Burrows
References 223(22)
Name index 245(5)
Subject index 250

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