Health and Citizenship: Political Cultures of Health in Modern Europe, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Health and Citizenship

Political Cultures of Health in Modern Europe, 1st Edition

Edited by Frank Huisman, Harry Oosterhuis


304 pages

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This collection of essays looks at issues of health and citizenship in Europe across two centuries. Contributors examine the extent to which the state can interfere with the private lives of its citizens, the role of individual responsibility and if any boundary occurs in terms of what the state can realistically provide.


"Following a comprehensive review of the existing historiography, Huisman and Oosterhuis divide the history of health citizenship into three analytical end chronological categories: liberal citizenship… social citizenship… [and] neoliberal citizenship. Their analysis is a valuable historiographical innovation that moves beyond, while incorporating, classical political theories of citizenship such as that of T. H. Marshall, established in the 1950s.

The essays in Health and Citizenship innovatively assault the current frontiers of historical scholarship in this field of inquiry and substantially advance an interdisciplinary discourse on the subject making the volume a highly useful pedagogical and research tool."

Dorothy Porter, University of Galifomia, San Francisco

"I learned a great deal from this thoughtful – and timely – effort to understand the ordinarily implicit but powerful assumptions surrounding medicine as an aspect of citizenship and human rights. I would recommend it highly to anyone concerned with contemporary health care as well as policy history"

Charles E. Rosenberg, Harvard University

About the Series

Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine

Series Editors: David Cantor and Keir Waddington

Studies for the Society for the Social History of Medicine is concerned with all aspects of health, illness and medicine, from antiquity to the present. The series is a collaboration between Routledge and the Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM). The SSHM has pioneered the social history of medicine and interdisciplinary approaches to the histories of medicine, welfare, public health, demography, anthropology, sociology, social administration and health economics, and the book series reflects these interests.

Submissions are invited from established scholars and first-time authors alike. Prospective authors should send a detailed proposal with a rationale, chapter outlines and at least two sample chapters alongside a brief author’s biography and an anticipated submission date to the editors.

Edited collections:

David Cantor: cantord @

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Keir Waddington: waddingtonK @

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / History