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Against health : how health became the new morality

Author: Jonathan Metzl; Anna Kirkland
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2010.
Series: Biopolitics (New York, N.Y.)
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"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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Metzl; Anna Kirkland
ISBN: 9780814795927 0814795927 9780814795934 0814795935
OCLC Number: 624031121
Description: ix, 217 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Why "Against health"? / Jonathan M. Metzl --
What is health and how do you get it? / Richard Klein --
Risky bigness : on obesity, eating, and the ambiguity of "health" / Lauren Berlant --
Against global health? Arbitrating science, non-science and nonsense through health / Vincanne Adams --
Social immorality of health in the gene age : race, disability, and inequality / Dorothy Roberts --
Fat panic and the new morality / Kathleen LeBesco --
Against breastfeeding (sometimes) / Joan B. Wolf --
Pharmaceutical propaganda / Carl Elliott --
Strangely passive-aggressive history of passive-aggressive personality disorder / Christopher Lane --
Obsession : against mental health / Leonard J. Davis --
Atomic health, or how the bomb altered American notions of death / Joseph Masco --
How much sex is healthy? The pleasures of asexuality / Eunjung Kim --
Be prepared / S. Lochlann Jain --
In the name of pain / Tobin Siebers --
What next? / Anna Kirkland.
Series Title: Biopolitics (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: Jonathan M. Metzl and Anna Kirkland, editors.

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"[A]n important new book."-Psychology Today "From obesity to mental health to pharmacology, the essays explore the ways in which "public" health translates increasingly as a moral judgement of Read more...

 
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