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Critical Approaches to Health


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The Critical Approaches to Health series, in association with the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP) aims to present critical, inter-disciplinary books around psychological, social and cultural issues related to health. Each volume in the series provides a critical approach to a particular issue or important topic, promoting critical thought about health matters through a range of clear and accessible texts suitable for higher-level undergraduate and postgraduate social science students, including those in psychology, sociology, anthropology, allied health sciences, and other related disciplines. The book will also appeal to academic researchers and practising health professionals across a variety of disciplines seeking critical work in their area.

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Postfeminism and Health: Critical Psychology and Media Perspectives

Postfeminism and Health: Critical Psychology and Media Perspectives

1st Edition

Sarah Riley, Adrienne Evans, Martine Robson
July 24, 2018

This groundbreaking book employs a transdisciplinary and poststructuralist methodology to develop the concept of ‘postfeminist healthism,’ a twenty-first-century understanding of women’s physical and mental health formed at the intersections of postfeminist sensibilities, neoliberal constructs of...

Disability and Sexual Health: A Critical Exploration of Key Issues

Disability and Sexual Health: A Critical Exploration of Key Issues

1st Edition

Poul Rohleder, Stine Hellum Braathen, Mark Thomas Carew
July 12, 2018

The sexual lives of people with disabilities are rarely discussed. It is as if, because someone has a biological or psychological impairment, they do not exist as a sexual being. As such, many people with disabilities feel marginalised and powerless not only in their day-to-day lives, but also in...

Healthy Ageing: A Capability Approach to Inclusive Policy and Practice

Healthy Ageing: A Capability Approach to Inclusive Policy and Practice

1st Edition

Christine Stephens, Mary Breheny
June 11, 2018

What does it mean to age well? This important new book redefines what ‘successful’ ageing means, challenging the idea that physical health is the only criteria to gauge the ageing process and that an ageing population is necessarily a burden upon society. Using Sen’s Capability Approach as a...

Urban Poverty and Health Inequalities: A Relational Approach

Urban Poverty and Health Inequalities: A Relational Approach

1st Edition

Darrin Hodgetts, Ottilie Stolte
October 05, 2017

When discussing health, we talk about ailments and afflictions, the potential of modern medicine and the behaviours that affect our health. Yet although these relationships exist, they undermine a more socio-economic understanding of health. This timely book takes a critical perspective to argue...

A Critical Approach to Surrogacy: Reproductive Desires and Demands

A Critical Approach to Surrogacy: Reproductive Desires and Demands

1st Edition

Damien W Riggs, Clemence Due
September 13, 2017

This comprehensive text makes an important contribution to the study of surrogacy, developing a novel theoretical framework through which to understand the broader social contexts as well as individual decisions at play within surrogacy arrangements. Drawing on empirical research conducted by the...

Digital Health: Critical and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

Digital Health: Critical and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

1st Edition

Deborah Lupton
August 22, 2017

The rise of digital health technologies is, for some, a panacea to many of the medical and public health challenges we face today. This is the first book to articulate a critical response to the techno-utopian and entrepreneurial vision of the digital health phenomenon. Deborah Lupton,...

Constructing Pain: Historical, psychological and critical perspectives

Constructing Pain: Historical, psychological and critical perspectives

1st Edition

Robert Kugelmann
November 29, 2016

Everyone experiences pain, whether it’s emotional or physical, chronic or acute. Pain is part of what it means to be human, and so an understanding of how we relate to it as individuals - as well as cultures and societies - is fundamental to who we are.  In this important new book, the first in...

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