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‘The medical’ and ‘health’ in a critical medical humanities.

Atkinson, S. and Evans, B. and Woods, A. and Kearns, R. (2015) '‘The medical’ and ‘health’ in a critical medical humanities.', Journal of medical humanities., 36 (1). pp. 71-81.

Abstract

As befits an emerging field of enquiry, there is on-going discussion about the scope, role and future of the medical humanities. One relatively recent contribution to this debate proposes a differentiation of the field into two distinct terrains, ‘medical humanities’ and ‘health humanities,’ and calls for a supersession of the former by the latter. In this paper, we revisit the conceptual underpinnings for a distinction between ‘the medical’ and ‘health’ by looking at the history of an analogous debate between ‘medical geography’ and ‘the geographies of health’ that has, over the last few years, witnessed a re-blurring of the distinction. Highlighting the value of this debate within the social sciences for the future development of the medical humanities, we call for scholars to take seriously the challenges of critical and cultural theory, community-based arts and health, and the counter-cultural creative practices and strategies of activist movements in order to meet the new research challenges and fulfill the radical potential of a critical medical humanities.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Medical humanities, Health humanities, Medical geography, Geographies of health, Critical theory, Arts and health, Activism, Patient advocacy.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10912-014-9314-4
Publisher statement:© The Author(s) 2014. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and the source are credited.
Date accepted:30 November 2014
Date deposited:31 March 2015
Date of first online publication:12 December 2014
Date first made open access:No date available

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