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Foucault, Health and Medicine

1st Edition

Edited by Robin Bunton, Alan Petersen


284 pages

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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.


'Clearly written, theoretically rich and a joy to read.' - Medical Sociology News

'Challenging and readable … informative, at times provocative, but always stimulating. The range and breadth of material available within this book, combined with attempts to apply and elaborate key Foucauldian perspectives, will ensure for it the granting of essential reading status on many advanced courses … as a resource for those working and thinking within the sociology of health and illness this book will prove to be invaluable.' - Sociology of Health and Illness

'An asset for those interested in the history of medicine/psychiatry and in methodologies related to health care and public health.' - European Journal of Public Health

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues