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Children, Health and Well–being. Policy Debates and Lived Experience. Sociology of Health and Illness Monographs

  • ID: 3048905
  • Book
  • 168 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Bringing together new and leading scholars in the field of children s health and illness, this book is the first to demonstrate the importance of researchwith children and research from a child perspective, in order to fully understand the meaning and impact of health and illness in children s lives.Children, Health and Well–Being addresses three cross–cutting themes; the first theme illustrates the significance and pervasive influence of policy and discourse in shaping understandings of children s lives. The second theme focuses on health policy in action through looking at interactions between professionals, parents and children; the final theme highlights children s role as health care actors, focusing on the lived experience of children. Taken together, the themes encourage critical reflection on contemporary and culturally specific ways of knowing and understanding children s health.

The book furthers theoretical understandings of the sociology of children s health and illness and encourages productive debate amongst a wide audience, including academics, policy makers, and health–care professionals. The collection goes some way to seriously begin the important process of addressing the migration of child health from the margins into mainstream sociology of health and illness.
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Notes on contributors vii

1 Connecting a sociology of childhood perspective with the study of child health, illness and wellbeing: introduction 1Geraldine Brady, Pam Lowe and Sonja Olin Lauritzen

2 Where is the child? A discursive exploration of the positioning of children in research on mental health–promoting interventions 13Disa Bergnehr and Karin Zetterqvist Nelson

3 Biologising parenting: neuroscience discourse, English social and public health policy and understandings of the child 27Pam Lowe, Ellie Lee and Jan Macvarish

4 Obesity in question: understandings of body shape, self and normalcy among children in Malta 41Gillian M. Martin

5 You have to do 60 minutes of physical activity per day . . . I saw it on TV : Children s constructions of play in the context of Canadian public health discourse of playing for health. 55Stephanie A. Alexander, Caroline Fusco and Katherine L. Frohlich

6 Parents experiences of diagnostic processes of young children in Norwegian day–care institutions 69Terese Wilhelmsen and Randi Dyblie Nilsen

7 The meaning of a label for teenagers negotiating identity: experiences with autism spectrum disorder 83Lise Mogensen and Jan Mason

8 What am I living with? Growing up with HIV in Uganda and Zimbabwe 98Sarah Bernays, Janet Seeley, Tim Rhodes and Zivai Mupambireyi

9 Food, risk and place: agency and negotiations of young people with food allergy 112Marie–Louise Stjerna

10 Negotiating pain: the joint construction of a child s bodily sensation 126Laura Jenkins

11 Understanding inter–generational relations: the case of health maintenance by children 140Berry Mayall

Index 153

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Geraldine Brady
Pam Lowe
Sonja Olin Lauritzen
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