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Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality (Biopolitics, 18) Paperback – November 23, 2010
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"From obesity to mental health to pharmacology, the essays explore the ways in which "public" health translates increasingly as a moral judgement of behavior." ― Society Magazine
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"[A]n important new book." ― Psychology Today
"These essays are well-researched and supported, and this volume is suitable for academic studyin sociology, bioethics public health and public policy. It is also remarkably well written and engaging, and makes its sophisticated theoretical premises readily accessible to a wide audience." -- Lisa Bellatoni ― Metapsychology Reviews
About the Author
Anna Kirkland is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Michigan.
- Publisher : NYU Press; 1st edition (November 23, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 226 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0814795935
- ISBN-13 : 978-0814795934
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.58 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #477,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perhaps the worst chapter, "Against Global Health" takes an inexplicable stance against the "empirical tyranny" of properly powered studies and statistically valid results in the field of global health. Another offender, "Against Breastfeeding (Sometimes)", nonchalantly dismisses the entire robust literature supporting the benefits of breastfeeding as "weak" and "contradictory" while later citing "expensive research" as proof for her pet theories. There seems to be a fundamental misunderstanding of epidemiological and biostatistical techniques by these sociologists.
Some chapters were worth a read, such as "The Social Immorality of Health in the Gene Age" and "Pharmaceutical Propaganda" which did problematize our modern conception of health as morality. However, these few oases can not save the overwhelming disregard for basing critical analysis on reality.