1st Edition

Social Theory and Health Education Forging New Insights in Research

Edited By Deana Leahy, Katie Fitzpatrick, Jan Wright Copyright 2020
    284 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    284 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Social Theory and 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, 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 different theorists and concepts to compellingly demonstrate their application to a range of health education research contexts.

    This collection provides examples for both students, early career and established scholars that showcase ways that social theory can be utilised in empirical and theoretical research. The collection also highlights how health education scholarship can be enhanced by engaging with social theory. It also explores the viability of various theories for work in this field, and their potential to generate new approaches for research.

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    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


    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 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.

    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.