Description - Health, Emotion and the Body by Gillian Bendelow
In this compelling new book, Gillian Bendelow provides an
accessible account of the complex interplay between mind, body and
Contemporary critiques of biomedicine and the process of
medicalisation have long emphasised the limitations of traditional
western scientific medicine in the separation of mind and body. The
subsequent turn to more holistic models of health and illness is
now beginning to permeate medical education and healthcare
practice. For Bendelow, a key aspect of this paradigm shift is the
development of more sophisticated concepts of stress, which address
the intertwining of emotion and embodiment, and emphasise social
and material factors alongside biopsychological components.
These theoretical and conceptual issues are explored first
through an emphasis on contemporary health practices, and then
through developments in illness and medicine. Examining the ways in
which ?healthism?, rather than
?medicalisation?, pervades most areas of everyday life,
attention is drawn to the bodily practices we pursue in the name of
health. These include concerns with sexual health, health
promotion, the use of complementary or alternative medicine, and
the notion of emotional health. The book then considers the
implications of being diagnosed as ill, and charts the limits of
the divisions between ?mental? and
?physical? illness, examining a range of conditions,
including chronic pain, eating disorders and other illnesses of the
Health, Emotion and the Body combines clarity of
expression with careful scholarship and originality, making it
appeal to students and scholars with a wide range of interests,
including the sociology of health and illness, the body, and mental
illness, as well as health psychology.
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Format: Paperback / softback
(210mm x 139mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Polity Press
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Author Biography - Gillian Bendelow
Gillian Bendelow is Reader in Sociology at the University of Sussex.
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