The Routledge Companion to Health Humanities

1st Edition

Paul Crawford, Brian Brown, Andrea Charise

March 10, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 448 Pages
ISBN 9781138579903 - CAT# K376106
Series: Routledge Literature Companions

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The health humanities is a rapidly rising field, advancing an inclusive, democratizing, activist, applied, critical and culturally diverse approach to delivering health and wellbeing through the arts and humanities. It has generated new kinds of interdisciplinary research, knowledge and communities of practice globally.  It has also acted to bring greater coherence and political force to contributions across a range of related disciplines and traditions.

In this volume, a formidable set of authors explore the history, current state and future of the health humanities, in particular how its vision of the arts and humanities:

  • Promotes creative public health.

  • Opens new routes to health and wellbeing.

  • Informs and drives better healthcare.

  • Interrogates relationships between ill health and social equality.

  • Develops humanist theory in relation to health and social care practice.

  • Foregrounds cultural difference as a resource for positive change in society.

  • Tests the humanity of an increasingly globalized health care system.

  • Looks to overcome structural and process obstacles to cross-disciplinary ventures.

  • Champions co-construction, co-design and mutuality in solving health and wellbeing challenges.

  • Showcases less familiar, prominent or celebrated creative practices.

  • Includes multiple perspectives on the value and health benefits of the arts and humanities not limited to or dominated by medicine.


Divided into two main sections, the Companion looks at "Reflections and Critical Perspectives," offering current thinking and definitions within health humanities; and "Applications," comprising a wide selection of applied arts and humanities practices from comedy, writing and dancing to yoga, cooking and horticultural display.

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