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Social Theory and Health Education

Forging New Insights in Research, 1st Edition

Edited by Deana Leahy, Katie Fitzpatrick, Jan Wright


264 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Thinking with Theory in Health Education brings together health education scholarship with a diverse range of social theories to demonstrate the value and impact of their application to associated health and education contexts.

For the first time, this book draws together cutting-edge research that demonstrates the productive and impactful ways social theory can be applied to the diversity of research in this field. Topics covered include digital health, and health education in sexuality, gender and health, food and nutrition, mental health and wellbeing, environment, and alcohol and drug use. In exploring these topics, each author utilises a different theorist or concept/s to compellingly demonstrate the critical importance of their application to a range of health education research contexts.

This collection provides examples for both students and established scholars that demonstrate how to apply social theories to empirical and theoretical research, and the ways health education is improved through attention to social theory. It also explores the viability of various theories for work in this field, and their potential to generate new approaches to research.

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes

List of Contributors

Chapter 1: Why Do We Need Social Theory in Health Education? Deana Leahy, Katie Fitzpatrick and Jan Wright

Chapter 2: Working with Social Theory in Health Education Mary Lou Rasmussen

Chapter 3: Biopedagogies and Family Life: A Social Class Perspective Lisette Burrows and Jan Wright

Chapter 4: The Ontological Politics of Partying: Drug Education, Young Men and Drug Consumption Adrian Farrugia

Chapter 5: Using Bourdieu To Understand Health and Education Katie Fitzpatrick

Chapter 6: Poststructuralist and New-Materialist Approaches to Analyses of Bullying Among Children Nina Hein and Dorte Marie Søndergaard

Chapter 7: Vital Materialism and The Thing-Power of Lively Digital Data Deborah Lupton

Chapter 8: Assembling Affects: A Deleuzo-Guattarian Approach to School Drug Education Peta Malins and Nicholas Kent

Chapter 9: Critical Policy Studies and Historical Sociology of Concepts: Wellbeing and Mindfulness in Education Julie Mcleod and Katie Wright

Chapter 10: ‘School Refusal’: What is the Problem Represented to Be? A Critical Analysis Using Carol Bacchi’s Questioning Approach Catriona O’Toole and Roisin Devenney

Chapter 11: Health Education Policy and Curriculum: Bernsteinian Perspectives and A Whole New Ball Game Dawn Penney

Chapter 12: Navigating Health Knowledge: Postcolonialism And Ethnic Minority Girls’ Experiences of Health Education in School Contexts Leanne Petherick And Moss E. Norman

Chapter 13: Governmentality, School Nutrition and The International Practice of Governing Health Behaviours Darren Powell and Carolyn Pluim

Chapter 14: ‘Deleuze For Goodness Sake’: Examining Health Inequities Via Assemblage Theorising

Richard Pringle

Chapter 15: Re/Doing Sexuality Education Research as A Rhizomatic Pedagogical Encounter and Its Educational Implications Kathleen Quinlivan

Chapter 16: Education as Products and Productions of Norms Eva Reimers

Chapter 17: Digital Health Technologies, Body Pedagogies and Material-Discursive Relations of Young People’s Learning About Health Emma Rich, Sarah Lewis and Andy Miah

Chapter 18: Putting Foucauldian Ethics to Work in Critical Health Education Karen Shelley and Louise Mccuaig

Chapter 19: Engaging with Normativity in Health Education Research: Inspiration from Continental Critical Theory Venka Simovska, Nis Langer Primdahl and Anders Skriver Jensen

Chapter 20: Destroying the Family and Civilization: Marxism, Safe Schools and Sexuality Education Roz Ward

Chapter 21: Beyond Carrot Sticks and Sermons: The Practice of Education in Obesity Interventions Megan Warin

Chapter 22: Public Health Pedagogy and Technology as a Mode of Existence Benjamin Williams and Jessica Le

About the Editors

Deana Leahy is a Senior Lecturer in Health Education in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. Her research draws from interdisciplinary perspectives to critically engage with the questions related to the politics and practices of health education, in schools and beyond.

Katie Fitzpatrick is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. Her research and teaching are focused on health education and physical education, as well as critical ethnographic and poetic research methods.

Dr Jan Wright is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Wollongong. Her research draws on feminist and poststructuralist theory to critically engage issues associated with the relationship between embodiment, culture and health.

About the Series

Critical Studies in Health and Education

Critical Studies in Health and Education provides a platform for established and emerging scholars to present research and theory on the intersections between health and education.

This series welcomes edited and authored texts underpinned by sociological, critical and political approaches to health-related issues in education. These might include but are not limited to:

  • Critical health studies;
  • Health education curriculum, teaching, pedagogies and assessment;
  • Health and sustainability education;
  • The politics of health in schools;
  • The body, health and education;
  • Digital health pedagogies;
  • Critical approaches to contexts such as: sexuality education, mental health education, drug and alcohol education, food and nutrition;
  • Social and emotional learning and personal development;
  • Critical and youth-centred approaches to: health promotion in universities, schools and early childhood contexts, and public health pedagogies;
  • Critical analyses of health education in the work place;
  • Critical, feminist and postcolonial approaches to health education and wellbeing.

This book series invites books offering discussion and debate about the practice of health education and the development of solutions to the new ethical, practical, political and philosophical questions that are emerging.

To discuss a proposed submission, please contact Katie Fitzpatrick ([email protected]), Deana Leahy ([email protected]), Jan Wright ([email protected]) or Michael Gard ([email protected]).

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