Foucault, Health and Medicine

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Alan R. Petersen, Robin Bunton
Psychology Press, 1997 - Social Science - 256 pages
The reception of Michel Foucault's work in the social sciences and humanities has been phenomenal. Foucault's concepts and methodology have encouraged new approaches to old problems and opened up new lines of enquiry. This book assesses the contribution of Foucault's work to research and thinking in the area of health and medicine, and shows how key researchers in the sociology of health and illness are currently engaging with his ideas.
Foucault, Health and Medicine explores such important issues as: Foucault's concept of 'discourse', the critique of the 'medicalization' thesis, the analysis of the body and the self, Foucault's concept of 'bio-power' in the analysis of health education, the implications of Foucault's ideas for feminist research on embodiment and gendered subjectivities, the application of Foucault's notion of governmentality to the analysis of health policy, health promotion, and the consumption of health.
Foucault, Health and Medicine offers a `state of the art' overview of Foucaldian scholarship in the area of health and medicine. It will provide a key reference for both students and researchers working in the areas of medical sociology, health policy, health promotion and feminist studies.
 

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Contents

a prismatic
15
Is there life after Foucault? Texts frames and differends
31
Mental health criminality and the human sciences
53
the problem of child mental health
74
Foucault and the medicalisation critique
94
Is health education good for you? Rethinking health
113
sex surveillance and hormone replacement
134
the case
151
Of health and statecraft
173
Risk governance and the new public health
189
Governing the risky self how to become healthy wealthy
207
Popular health advanced liberalism and Good Housekeeping
223
Index
249
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Alan Petersen is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Murdoch, Western Australia. Robin Bunton, is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Teesside, Middlesbrough.

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