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What Makes Health Public?: A Critical Evaluation of Moral, Legal, and Political Claims in Public Health (Cambridge Bioethics and Law)

What Makes Health Public?: A Critical Evaluation of Moral, Legal, and Political Claims in Public Health (Cambridge Bioethics and Law)

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John Coggon
Cambridge University Press, 1/19/2012
EAN 9781107016392, ISBN10: 1107016398

Hardcover, 310 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
Language: English

John Coggon argues that the important question for analysts in the fields of public health law and ethics is 'what makes health public?' He offers a conceptual and analytic scrutiny of the salient issues raised by this question, outlines the concepts entailed in, or denoted by, the term 'public health' and argues why and how normative analyses in public health are inquiries in political theory. The arguments expose and explain the political claims inherent in key works in public health ethics. Coggon then develops and defends a particular understanding of political liberalism, describing its implications for critical study of public health policies and practices. Covering important works from legal, moral, and political theory, public health, public health law and ethics, and bioethics, this is a foundational text for scholars, practitioners and policy bodies interested in freedoms, rights and responsibilities relating to health.

Introduction
Part I. Basic Concepts and Public Health
1. Health, normativity, and politics
2. The public, and things being public
3. The seven faces of public health
4. Public health policy
5. Public health law and ethics
6. Conclusion to Part I
Part II. Evaluating Evaluations
Making Health Public
7. Analysis in the political realm
8. Making health public
9. Conclusion to Part II
Part III. Tackling Responsibility
Liberal Citizens as Subjects and Sovereigns
10. Liberal citizens
defining non-individuated individuals
11. Health made public
rights, R=responsibilities and shared concerns
12. Conclusion.

'Students, researchers and policymakers interested in public health ethics should engage with this insightful and stimulating, if very demanding, thesis. It forces the reader to think about 'the bigger picture' and challenges taken for granted assumptions about the nature and parameters of public health.' H. Fairbrother, Public Health