The health humanities is a rapidly rising field, advancing an inclusive, democratizing, activist, applied, critical, and culturally diverse approach to delivering health and well-being through the arts and humanities. It has generated new kinds of interdisciplinary research, knowledge, and communities of practice globally. It has also acted to bring greater coherence and political force to contributions across a range of related disciplines and traditions.
In this volume, a formidable set of authors explore the history, current state, and future of the health humanities, in particular how its vision of the arts and humanities:
- Promotes creative public health.
- Opens new routes to health and well-being.
- Informs and drives better health care.
- Interrogates relationships between ill health and social equality.
- Develops humanist theory in relation to health and social care practice.
- Foregrounds cultural difference as a resource for positive change in society.
- Tests the humanity of an increasingly globalized health-care system.
- Looks to overcome structural and process obstacles to cross-disciplinary ventures.
- Champions co-construction, co-design, and mutuality in solving health and well-being challenges.
- Showcases less familiar, prominent, or celebrated creative practices.
- Includes multiple perspectives on the value and health benefits of the arts and humanities not limited to or dominated by medicine.
Divided into two main sections, the Companion looks at "Reflections and Critical Perspectives," offering current thinking and definitions within health humanities, and "Applications," comprising a wide selection of applied arts and humanities practices from comedy, writing, and dancing to yoga, cooking, and horticultural display.
Introduction: Global Health Humanities and the Rise of Creative Public Health
PART 1 REFLECTIONS AND CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES
1. The Health Humanities, Genealogies of Health Care, and the Consolation of Understanding: Towards a Critique of “Recovery” in Mental Health
2. On Applying the Arts and Humanities in Austere Times
3. Creative Practices in Challenging Places
Emma Joyes and Charley Baker
4. Visionary Medicine: Race, Health, Power, and Speculation
5. Digital Life and Health Humanities
6. The Palimpsest: Black and Ethnic Minority Perspectives in Health Humanities
7. Representations of Medical and Health Delivery Paradigms
8. Post-Conflict Reconciliation and the Health Humanities: The Warrior Chorus Program
9. Comics and Graphic Medicine as a Third Space for the Health Humanities
Susan M. Squier
10. Medicine within Health Humanities
11. A Health Humanities Sublime
12. Visualizing within Health-Care Practice
13. The Health Humanities and the Creative Disciplines
14. Co-Design as a Democratizing Force
15. Indigenous Health Humanities
Allison Crawford, Lisa Boivin and Lisa Richardson
16. Accessibility and Advocacy in Health Humanities
17. The Role of the Imagination in the Practices of the Health Humanities
Marina Tsaplina and Raymond Barfield
18. Inventing Edward Jenner: Historicizing Anti-Vaccination
Travis Chi Wing Lau
19. Selling the De-Pharmaceuticalization of Insomnia: Semiotics, Drug Advertising, and the Social Life of Belsomra
20. The Problem With "Burnout": Neoliberalisation, Biomedicine, and Other Soul Mates
21. Medical Poetics: Representing Global Health Humanities and the Case of 心
Lan A. Li
22. Creative Arts Adult Community Learning
23. What Zombies Can Tell Us About Contemporary Health Care
24. Finding the Subject in the Objectified: Problematizing the Dependence on Metrics for Patient Care in the United States
Brenda Hall and Paul Kadetz
25. Establishing, Promoting, and Growing the Health Humanities in Japan: A Review and a Vision for the Future
Jeffrey Huffman and Mami Inoue
26. Australia and New Zealand: A Circuitous Path to Health Humanities
Olaf Werder and Kate Holland
27. Imaginations of Health Humanities in African Contexts: The Development of Existing Critical Consciousness and Perspectives
PART 2 APPLICATIONS
28. Intervention Theater
29. Gallery and Museum Visiting
30. Poetry and Male Eating Disorders
Heike Bartel and Charley Baker
32. Fashion and Textiles
Philip Davis and Josie Billington
Marina Tsaplina and Cariad Astles
Drew Luan Matott and Gretchen M. Miller
42. Making Music
Rosie Perkins, Daisy Fancourt and Aaron Williamon
43. Shared Music Listening
44. Clay Modeling
Santiago Quesada-Garcia and Pablo Valero-Flores
46. Digital Storytelling
47. Heavy Metal Music
Charley Baker and Alex Bishop
48. Graphic Medicine
MK Czwerwiec and Brian Callender
49. Horticultural Arts
50. Choirs and Singing
51. Ancient Texts
Mel Jordan, Edward J. Wright and Aimie Purser
54. Kundalina Yoga
Elvira Perez and Emily Haslam-Jones
55. Musical Composition and Vocal Expression
Alan Bleakley, Mike Wilson and Jon Allard
57. Applied Theatre
Gretchen Case and Sydney Cheek-O’Donnell
58. Visual Arts
60. Therapeutic Filmmaking
J. Lauren Johnson
Danny George and Tomi D. Dreibelbis
62. Aesthetics of Space
Jacqueline M. Atkinson
65. Sensory Design and Smart Textiles
"The book is a cornucopia of riches: a repository of perspectives and practices which provoke and inspire."
Stephen Clift Professor Emeritus, Canterbury Christchurch University, United Kingdom