Young People and the Aesthetics of Health Promotion: Beyond Reason, Rationality and Risk, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Young People and the Aesthetics of Health Promotion

Beyond Reason, Rationality and Risk, 1st Edition

By Kerry Montero, Peter Kelly


198 pages

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Health promotion with young people has largely been framed by theories of behaviour change to target ‘unsafe’, ‘unhealthy’ and/or ‘risky’ behaviours. These theories and models seek to encourage the development in young people of reasoned, rational and risk-aware personal strategies.

This book presents an innovative and critical perspective on young people and health promotion. It explores the limits and possibilities of traditional health behaviour change models with their focus on reason, risk and rationality by examining the embodied dimensions of meaning-making in health promotion programs. Drawing on an array of critical social theories and approaches to knowledge production the authors identify and engage the aesthetic and affective dimensions of young people’s engagement with issues such as road safety, sexualities, alcohol and drug use, and physical and mental health and well-being.

The book will appeal to researchers and practitioners in the fields of health promotion and health education, public health, education, the sociology of health and illness, youth studies and youth work.


"Describing the experiences of a group of young people in Australia, this book presents different innovative perspectives on health promotion. It emphasises social theory, and offers an in-depth exploration of risk, rationality and reasoning…useful for postgraduates." - Reviewed by Toni Bewley, senior lecturer, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire, Nursing Children and Young People, October 2016

Table of Contents

Prelude Introduction 1. School Based Health Promotion as a Complex Assemblage 2. Rationality and Risk: Limits and Possibilities 3. Engaging Emotions, Exploring Values, Mobilising Rationality 4. ‘Do, Then Talk’: Young People, Group Work and the Making of Meaning 5. ‘What Happened Was This…’: What Roles Do Stories Have in Health Promotion 6. A Greek Tragedy: Chaos and Control 7. Young People as Choosing Agents? Conclusion

About the Authors

Kerry Montero is Program Manager of the Bachelor of Social Science Youth Work program at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. With a background in generalist youth work, and adolescent health promotion, education and service delivery, her research and development focus over the past fifteen years has been in the field of young drivers and other young road user safety promotion, education and policy.

Peter Kelly is Deputy Head of School (Research and Innovation) and Director, Centre for Education, Training and Work in the Asian Century, in the School of Education, RMIT University. He is a social theorist who has published extensively on young people, the practice of youth studies, social theory and globalisation. His books include, Working in Jamie’s Kitchen: Salvation, Passion and Young Workers (2009), Smashed! The Many Meanings of Intoxication and Drunkenness (2011), The Self as Enterprise: Foucault and the "Spirit" of Twenty-First Century Capitalism (2013), The Moral Geographies of Children, Young People and Food: Beyond Jamie’s School Dinners (2014), and A Critical Youth Studies for the Twenty-First Century (2015).

About the Series

Youth, Young Adulthood and Society

The Youth, Young Adulthood and Society series approaches youth as a distinct area, bringing together social scientists from many disciplines to present cutting-edge research monographs and collections on young people in societies around the world today. The books present original, exciting research, with strongly theoretically- and empirically-grounded analysis, advancing the field of youth studies. Originally set up and edited by Andy Furlong, the series presents interdisciplinary and truly international, comparative research monographs.

Contacts for the series:

Professor Tracy Shildrick:

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Professor Henrietta O'Connor:

Emily Briggs at Routledge:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General