Placing the Public in Public Health in Post-War Britain, 1948–2012

by Alex Mold, Peder Clark, Gareth Millward, Daisy Payling

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Book Description

This book explores the question of who or what 'the public' is within 'public health' in post-war Britain. Drawing on historical research on the place of the public in public health in Britain from the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948, the book presents a new perspective on the relationship between state and citizen. Focusing on health education, health surveys, heart disease and the development of vaccination policy and practice, the book establishes that 'the public' was not one thing but many. It considers how public health policy makers and practitioners imagined the public or publics. These publics were not mere constructions; they had agency and the ability to 'speak back' to public health. The nature of publicness changed during the latter half of the twentieth century, and this book argues that the relationship between the public and public health offers a powerful lens through which to examine such shifts.

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Book Details

Subject
History
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Published
2019
Pages
146
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9783030186845
ISBN10
3030186849
ISBN13 Digital
9783030186852
ISBN10 Digital
3030186857
PDF Size
2.2 MB
License
CC BY

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