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Health Education

Critical perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Katie Fitzpatrick, Richard Tinning


280 pages

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Health Education: Critical perspectives provides a socio-cultural and critical approach to health education. The book draws together international experts in the fields of health and education who deconstruct contemporary discourses and practices, and re-imagine a health education that both connects with young people and offers a way forward in addressing issues of health and wellbeing.

Chapters within specifically link academic work on neoliberalism, healthism, risk and the body to wider discourses of health and health education. They challenge current practices and call for a re-thinking of current health programs in education settings. A unique feature of this book is the analyses of health education from both political and applied levels across a range of international contexts.

The book is divided into three sections:

  • the social and political contexts informing health education
  • how individual health issues (sexuality, alcohol, mental health, the body and obesity, nutrition) articulate in education in complex ways
  • alternative ways to think about health and health education pedagogy.

The overall theme of the book offers a perspective that the current approach to health education – promoting a fear of ill health, self-surveillance and individual responsibility – can become a form of health fascism, and we need to be cognisant of this potential and its consequences for young people. The book will be of key interest to academics and researchers exploring the political context of health education.

Table of Contents

Considering the Politics and Practice of Health Education Katie Fitzpatrick and Richard Tinning Part 1: The Politics of Health and Education Health Education and Health Promotion: Beyond Cells and Bells Doune Macdonald, Rebecca Johnson and Anthony Leow. If You Are Not Healthy, Then What Are You? Healthism, Colonial Disease and Body-Logic Brendan Hokowhitu. The Reproductive Citizen: Motherhood and Health Education Deborah Lupton. Schools, the State and Public Health: Some Historical and Contemporary Insights Michael Gard and Carolyn Vander-Schee. Who has Health Problems? Class, Racialization and Health Symeon Dagkas Part 2: Inventing Youth Health Issues Tau(gh)t Bodies: Student Sexual Embodiment and Schooling Louisa Allen. Young People, Alcohol and a Social Science of Risk: Bauman and the Problem of Ambivalence Peter Kelly. Social Media: Virtual Environments for Constructing Knowledge on Health and Bodies? Karen Sirna. Mediating Bio-Power: Health Education, Social Class and Subjectivity Laura De Pian, John Evans and Emma Rich. The Corporatization of Health Education Curricula: ‘Part of the Solution’ to Childhood Obesity? Darren Powell. Mental Health in Corporeal Times Lisette Burrows and Margaret Sinkinson Part 3: Against Healthism: Shifting Educational Practices Critical Approaches to Health Education Katie Fitzpatrick. Salutogenic Approaches to Health and the Body Mikael Quennerstedt and Marie Öhman. Getting Which Message Across? The (H)PE Teacher as Health Educator Richard Tinning. Disrupting the Field: Teacher Education in Health Education Deana Leahy and Louise McCuaig. Beyond Body Fascism: The Place for Health Education? Jan Wright.

About the Editors

Katie Fitzpatrick is a Senior Lecturer in Health and Physical Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has published in the areas of multicultural education, research methodology and health and physical education, as well as previously being an experienced high school teacher and national policy developer.

Richard Tinning is Professor of Physical Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and Professor of Pedagogy and Physical Education in the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia. Richard was one of the early advocates of critical pedagogy within physical education and has written extensively on teacher education for HPE and the relationship between physical education and health education.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education Policy and Politics

The Routledge Research in Education Policy and Politics series aims to enhance our understanding of key challenges and facilitate on-going academic debate within the influential and growing field of Education Policy and Politics.

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