Henry, Emmanuel; Gilbert, Claude (2014-02), Public Health, in William C. Cockerham, Robert Dingwall, Stella R. Quah, The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society, Wiley-Blackwell : Chichester, p. 1927–1933
Book titleThe Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society
Book authorWilliam C. Cockerham, Robert Dingwall, Stella R. Quah
Number of pages2648
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Abstract (EN)The notion of public health differs from that of health per se insofar as it concerns not individuals but groups and populations. Thus, with the notion of public health, the main concern is the health of a collective of any nature. The focus is on the way in which groups exposed to health risks are identified, distinguished, and controlled, and more generally on the way in which societies are governed today. As Michel Foucault showed, we tend to think of government less as a direct relationship between a sovereign and individuals/subjects, than as the way of controlling and framing the relatively autonomous lives of a population; in other words, as a biopolitics.
Subjects / Keywordssanté publique; sociologie; science politique
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