Self-Care: Embodiment, Personal Autonomy and the Shaping of Health Consciousness

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Routledge, Jun 2, 2004 - Medical - 208 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

You are your own saviour and your own worst enemy
1
2 Learning to care for ones self
14
3 Sending the health message
27
4 Natural alternatives
57
5 Selfcare and antiinstitutional politics
76
6 The nagging state
94
Theorizing Americas obsession with mundane health behaviour
113
8 Governing ones self
127
9 Reflexivity rationalization and health risks
144
10 Technological salvation or more human solutions?
161
Towards a socialecological approach to selfcare promotion
175
Bibliography
187
Index
203
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About the author (2004)

Christopher Ziguras is Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Globalism Institute at RMIT University. He is editor of The International Publishing Services Market (with Bill Cope, 2002) and has published numerous articles examining the impact of rationalization, commodification and electronic mediation on the constitution of identity, particularly in international education and health promotion.

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