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'Everywhere and nowhere': locating and understanding the 'new' public health

MacKian, Sara; Elliott, Heather; Busby, Helen and Popay, Jennie (2003). 'Everywhere and nowhere': locating and understanding the 'new' public health. Health & Place, 9(3) pp. 219–229.

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Public health was recently described as being ‘everywhere and nowhere’ (Br. Med.J. 319(7213)(1999)839). This image captures the idea that public health is shaped by a range of social, environmental and physiological influences, and that these are mapped across the activities and practices of a range of players. It also suggests it is difficult to capture the spaces of public health. This paper explores how theoretical and methodological developments in the social sciences, in particular ideas around reflexive modernisation, can help us to read the complex terrain of public health policy and practice, and visualise these spaces more clearly.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1353-8292
Keywords: Mapping; Public health; Policy; Practice; Reflexive communities
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care > Health and Social Care
Health and Social Care
Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 11899
Depositing User: Sara MacKian
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2008 12:35
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 17:15
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