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Shaping Health PolicyCase Study Methods and Analysis$
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Mark Exworthy, Stephen Peckham, Martin Powell, and Alison Hann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427588

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.001.0001

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

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

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(p.233) Fifteen The individualisation of health: health surveillance, lifestyle control and public health
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Shaping Health Policy
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Alison Hann

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427588.003.0015

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

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