- Subject index
Key Concepts in Public Health identifies fifty key concepts used across the discipline of public health in order to give the reader a broad perspective of the core topics relevant to training and practice. From epidemiology to health promotion, and ethics to leadership, the book offers an exciting guide to the multiprofessional field. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a broader discussion addressing the main issues and links to practice, key points relevant to the entry, case studies to illustrate the application to practice, and examples of further reading.
Chapter 6: Sociological Concepts of Public Health
Sociological Concepts of Public Health
Three particular strands of health policy contributing towards the emergence of the ‘new regime of total health’ have become prominent in recent decades: community rather than hospital care, the rise of consumerism and the impact of health promotion and the ‘new’ public health (Armstrong, 1993). This chapter describes the sociological contribution to the third of these strands and comprises three elements: the risk society context coupled with sociological critiques of the ‘new’ public health and health promotion. Sociology provides a critical apparatus for examining the societal conditions that have facilitated a new [Page 31]discourse surrounding the relationship between the state and the health of its citizens. These conditions include escalating risk underpinned by the 1970s critique ...