ABSTRACT

This book explores the concept of ‘critical’ public health, at a point when many of its core concerns appear to have moved to the mainstream of health policy. Issues such as addressing health inequalities and their socioeconomic determinants, and the inclusion of public voices in policy-making, are now emerging as key policy aims for health systems across Europe and North America.

Combining analytical introductory chapters, edited versions of influential articles from the journal Critical Public Health and specially commissioned review articles, this volume examines the contemporary roles of ‘critical voices’ in public health research and practice from a range of disciplines and contexts. The book covers many of the pressing concerns for public health practitioners and researchers including:

  • the implications of new genetic technologies for public health
  • the impact of globalization on local practice
  • the politics of citizen participation in health programmes
  • the impact of car-centred transport systems on health
  • the ethics of evaluation methods and the persistence of health inequalities.

Critical Perspectives in Public Health is organized into sections covering four key themes in public health: social inequalities; evidence for practice; globalization; technologies and the environment. With contributions from a range of countries including the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia and South Africa, it provides an accessible overview for students, practitioners and researchers in public health, health promotion, health policy and related fields.

chapter |12 pages

Introduction: from critique to engagement: Why critical public health matters

ByJUDITH GREEN, RONALD LABONTÉ

part |1 pages

PART I Unfair cases: social inequalities in health

chapter |11 pages

Introduction

ByRONALD LABONTÉ , JOHN FRANK AND ERICA DI RUGGIERO

chapter 2|12 pages

Social capital and the third way in public health

ByCARLES MUNTANER, JOHN LYNCH

chapter 3|19 pages

HIV infection in women: Social inequalities as determinants of risk

BySALLY Z IERLER AND NANCY KRIEGER

part |1 pages

PART II Making traces: evidence for practice and evaluation

part |1 pages

PART III Colonising places: public health and globalisation

chapter |15 pages

Introduction

ByRONALD LABONTÉ

chapter 9|11 pages

Globalisation and health

ByMAUREEN LARKIN

chapter 11|12 pages

Medicine keepers: Issues in indigenous health

ByLORI LAMBERT, EBERHARD WENZEL

chapter 12|11 pages

The politics of female genital cutting in displaced communities

ByPASCALE ALLOTEY, LENORE MANDERSON, SONIA GROVER

part |1 pages

PART IV Edgy spaces: technology, the environment and public health

chapter |9 pages

Introduction

ByJUDITH GREEN

chapter 13|6 pages

Antibiotic resistance: An exemplary case of medical nemesis

ByCHARLOTTE HUMPHREY

chapter 14|9 pages

Genetics, governance and ethics

ByROBIN BUNTON, ALAN PETERSEN

chapter 15|8 pages

Moving bodies: Injury, dis-ease and the social organisation of space

ByPETER FREUND, GEORGE MARTIN

chapter 16|10 pages

Epidemic space

ByJOOST VAN LOON