How Health Became the New MoralityBook - 2010
"Against Health argues that health is a concept, a norm, and a set of bodily practices whose ideological work is often rendered invisible by the assumption that it is a monolithic universal good, and that disparities in the incidence and prevalence of disease are closely linked to disparities in income and social support. The book's stand against health is not a stand against the authenticity of people's attempts to ward off suffering. Against Health instead claims that individual strivings for health are, in some instances, rendered more difficult by the ways in which health is culturally configured and socially sustained. The authors unpack the divergent cultural meanings of health and explore the ideologies involved in its construction, presenting strategies for moving forward and developing deeper, more productive, and indeed healthier interactions about our bodies. Jonathan M. Metzl is Associate Professor in the Women's Studies Department and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, where he also directs the Program in Culture, Health, and Medicine. Anna Kirkland is Associate Professor of Women's Studies and Political Science at the University of Michigan."--Publisher's description.
Published: New York : New York University Press, c2010.
Branch Call Number: 362.1 AGA
Characteristics: ix, 217 p. :,ill., map ;,24 cm.
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