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The individualisation of health: health surveillance, lifestyle control and public health

Alison Hann

in Shaping Health Policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9781847427588
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305576 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.003.0015
The individualisation of health: health surveillance, lifestyle control and public health

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Petr Skrabanek's (1994) book The Death of Humane Medicine uses theoretical concepts to interrogate not just the activity of health promotion, but also the ideological premise on which it is built. The case study in question here is two-fold — firstly Skrabanek's idea of healthism, and secondly the whole endeavour of health promotion. Since Skrabanek's book was published, the discourse of health promotion has become so embedded in politics and medical practice that it is no longer questioned, or subjected to scrutiny.

Keywords: health promotion; obesity; Petr Skrabanek; healthism; medical practice

Chapter.  7194 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Health, Illness, and Medicine

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