The reception of Michel Foucault’s work in the social sciences and humanities has been phenomenal. Foucault’s concepts and methodology have encouraged new approaches to old problems and opened up new lines of inquiry. This book assesses the contribution of Foucault’s work to research and thinking in the area of health and medicine and shows how key researchers in the sociology of health and illness are currently engaging with his ideas.
Foucault, Health, and Medicine explore such important issues as Foucault’s concept of ‘discourse’, the critique of the ‘medicalization’ thesis, the analysis of the body and the self, Foucault’s concept of ‘bio-power’ in the analysis of health education, the implications of Foucault’s ideas for feminist research on embodiment and gendered subjectivities, the application of Foucault’s notion of governmentality to the analysis of health policy, health promotion, and the consumption of health.
Foucault, Health and Medicine offers a `state of the art’ overview of Foucaldian scholarship in the area of health and medicine. It will provide a key reference for both students and researchers working in the areas of medical sociology, health policy, health promotion, and feminist studies.