The Imperative of Health: Public Health and the Regulated Body

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SAGE, Jun 15, 1995 - Social Science - 192 pages
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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Contents

Introduction
1
the Emergence of the Public Health Movement
16
Contemporary Health Promotion and Public Health
48
Risk Discourse and Diagnostic Testing
77
the Mass Media and Advertising in Health Promotion
106
Chapter 5 Bodies Pleasures and the Practices of the Self
131
Conclusion
158
References
162
Index
176
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Deborah Lupton is an independent sociologist. She was formerly Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies at Charles Sturt University, Australia.

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