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Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality (Biopolitics, 18) Paperback – November 23, 2010

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"This book provides a strong antidote to the common notion that health is an unqualified good and often an individual responsibility." -- Peter Conrad ― Sociology of Health & Illness

"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

"A powerful group of essays, and the topics addressed in the respective chapters are interesting, insightful, and thought-provoking." -- David Serlin,author of Replaceable You: Engineering the Body in Postwar America

"[T]his collection of essays reexamines the definition of & health, particularly as a mechanism for moral judgment... Lots of food for thought- this highly philosophical book... will be of interest to those wanting to stretch their views on health care." ― Library Journal

"[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

Jonathan M. Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University. His books include The Protest Psychosis, Prozac on the Couch, Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality and, most recently, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland.

Anna Kirkland is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Michigan.

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  • 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
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