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Hope in health : the socio-politics of optimism / Alan Petersen
Bib ID 6893981
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Petersen, Alan R., 1953- author
 
Description Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 
vii, 175 pages ; 23 cm 
ISBN 9780230361935 (hardcover)
0230361935 (hardcover)
Summary

"The language of hope permeates contemporary health and healthcare. It is believed that patients who are hopeful are more likely to recover, and health professionals endeavour to 'instil' or 'manage' hope in patients. The rhetoric of hope is extensively employed in marketing medical tests, treatments and devices. Despite this focus on hope in health, sociologists and other social scientists have failed to offer a systematic analysis of the discourses of hope and related practices.This book is the first to explore the socio-politics of hope in the contexts of health and healthcare. It highlights the significance of technological promise in contemporary conceptions of hope, making reference to examples such as stem cell treatments, medical testing, personal risk management, the use of self-tracking devices, and anti-ageing treatments and longevity research. The book concludes by arguing for scholars to take more seriously the significance of 'hope' in the contexts of health and healthcare"--

Full contents
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • 1. The Politics of Hope in Health
  • 2. The Power of Hope
  • 3. Technologies of Hope
  • 4. Hope in Optimising Health
  • 5. Hope of Immortality
  • 6. Hope in the Future.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Social medicine.  |  Hope.  |  Medical innovations.  |  Well-being.  |  Australian

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