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The importance of health behaviour is increasingly prominent in health–related research and policy interventions. As a result, the belief that there are discrete, observable, and measureable behaviours has become almost universally adopted. Often they are often conceived of in the negative as things people do that are bad for them, and which should therefore be subject to corrective, individualised interventions.


In response, From Health Behaviours to Health Practices assesses the limitations of the concept through international contributions that complement, as well as critique, dominant conceptualisations of health behaviour. Drawing on a wide range of theoretical and empirical sources, the book explores whether there are alternative ways to both think through and conduct research into what people do and don t do in relation to their health and experiences of illness. The volume collectively argues for a more socially situated approach, proposing that the term health practices has far greater potential to acknowledge the more complex, dynamic and contingent nature of everyday activities.


Serving as an important point of reference for debate, the book additionally questions the potential contribution of contemporary medical sociology, and the social sciences more generally, in the context of the rise of multidisciplinary and mixed methods health research.


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The importance of health behaviour is increasingly prominent in health–related research and policy interventions. As a result, the belief that there are discrete, observable, and measureable behaviours has become almost universally adopted. Often they are often conceived of in the negative as things people do that are bad for them, and which should therefore be subject to corrective, individualised interventions.


In response, From Health Behaviours to Health Practices assesses the limitations of the concept through international contributions that complement, as well as critique, dominant conceptualisations of health behaviour. Drawing on a wide range of theoretical and empirical sources, the book explores whether there are alternative ways to both think through and conduct research into what people do and don t do in relation to their health and experiences of illness. The volume collectively argues for a more socially situated approach, proposing that the term health practices has far greater potential to acknowledge the more complex, dynamic and contingent nature of everyday activities.


Serving as an important point of reference for debate, the book additionally questions the potential contribution of contemporary medical sociology, and the social sciences more generally, in the context of the rise of multidisciplinary and mixed methods health research.


Contents:

Notes on contributors vii


1 From health behaviours to health practices: an introduction 1
Simon Cohn


2 Actors, patients and agency: a recent history 7
David Armstrong


3 A socially situated approach to inform ways to improve health and wellbeing 19
Christine Horrocks and Sally Johnson


4 A relational approach to health practices: towards transcending the agency–structure divide 31
Gerry Veenstra and Patrick John Burnett


5 Environmental justice and health practices: understanding how health inequities arise at the local level 43
Katherine L. Frohlich and Thomas Abel


6 Why behavioural health promotion endures despite its failure to reduce health inequities 57
Fran Baum and Matthew Fisher


7 Behaviour change and social blinkers? The role of sociology in trials of self–management behavior in chronic conditions 69
Bie Nio Ong, Anne Rogers, Anne Kennedy, Peter Bower, Tom Sanders, Andrew Morden, Sudeh Cheraghi–Sohi, Jane C. Richardson and Fiona Stevenson


8 Thinking about changing mobility practices: how a social practice approach can help 82
Sarah Nettleton and Judith Green


9 Providers constructions of pregnant and early parenting women who use substances 95
Cecilia Benoit, Camille Stengel, Lenora Marcellus, Helga Hallgrimsdottir, John Anderson, Karen MacKinnon,
Rachel Phillips, Pilar Zazueta and Sinead Charbonneau


10 Staying in the zone but not passing the point of no return : embodiment, gender and drinking in mid–life 106
Antonia C. Lyons, Carol Emslie and Kate Hunt


11 Complexities and contingencies conceptualised: towards a model of reproductive navigation 120
Erica van der Sijpt


12 Sustained multiplicity in everyday cholesterol reduction: repertoires and practices in talk about healthy living 132
Catherine M. Will and Kate Weiner


13 Enjoy your food: on losing weight and taking pleasure 145
Else Vogel and Annemarie Mol


Index 158


PRODUCT DETAILS

ISBN-13: 9781118898383
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd (Wiley–Blackwell)
Publication date: August, 2014
Pages: 200
Dimensions: 152.00 x 228.00 x 8.28

Subcategories: Public Health

MEET THE AUTHOR

Simon Cohn is a Reader in Medical Anthropology at the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His research focuses on issues related to diagnosis, contested conditions and chronic illness in the UK and other high–income societies. With a strong commitment to contemporary social theory, Cohn is interested in ways in which innovative social science can shape aspects of medical practice.