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

Acknowledgements
the Emergence of the Public Health
Contemporary Health Promotion
Risk Discourse and Diagnostic Testing
the Mass Media and Advertising
Bodies Pleasures and the Practices of the Self
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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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