Engaging with some of the most debated topics in contemporary organizations, Health at Work: Critical Perspectives presents a critical, contingent view of the healthy employee and the very notion of organizational health. Drawing on expressions such as ‘blowing a fuse’, ‘cracking under pressure’ or ‘health MOT’, this book suggests that meanings of workplace health vary depending on how we frame the underlying purpose and function of organization.
Health at Work takes some of the most powerful and taken-for-granted discourses of organization and explores what each might mean for the construction of the healthy employee. Not only does it offer a fresh and challenging approach to the topic of health at work, it also examines several core topics at the heart of contemporary research and practice, including technology, innovation, ageing and emotions.
This bookmakes a timely contribution to debates about well-being at work, relevant to practitioners, policy-makers and designers of workplace health interventions, as well as academics and students. This book will be illuminating reading for students and scholars across management studies, occupational health and organizational psychology.
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INTRODUCTION - CONSTRUCTIONS OF HEALTH AT WORK
CHAPTER ONE - EFFICIENCY AND HEALTH: DISCOURSES OF THE MACHINE
CHAPTER TWO - EFFECTIVENESS AND HEALTH: DISCOURSES OF ORGANISM
CHAPTER THREE - CARE AND HEALTH: DISCOURSES OF FAMILY
CHAPTER FOUR - AGE AND HEALTH: DISCOURSES OF COMPETITION
CHAPTER FIVE - LEARNING AND HEALTH: DISCOURSES OF REINVENTION
CHAPTER SIX - TECHNOLOGY AND HEALTH: DISCOURSES OF CYBERSPACE
CHAPTER SEVEN - POLITICS AND HEALTH: DISCOURSES OF POWER
CHAPTER EIGHT - CONCLUSIONS AND CONSEQUENCES
The Routledge Critical Approaches to Health series aims to present critical, inter-disciplinary books around psychological, social and cultural issues related to health. Each volume in the series provides a critical approach to a particular issue or important topic, and is of interest and relevance to students and practitioners across the social sciences. The series is produced in association with the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP).