Lux Humana – Book of the Week 24 / 2012 : Health, emotion and the body











Gillian Bendelow: Health, emotion and the body, (2009)


Publisher’s description:

“In this compelling new book, Gillian Bendelow provides an accessible account of the complex interplay between mind, body and society.

Contemporary critiques of biomedicine and the process of medicalisation have long emphasised the limitations of traditional western scientific medicine in the separation of mind and body. The subsequent turn to more holistic models of health and illness is now beginning to permeate medical education and healthcare practice. For Bendelow, a key aspect of this paradigm shift is the development of more sophisticated concepts of stress, which address the intertwining of emotion and embodiment, and emphasise social and material factors alongside biopsychological components.

These theoretical and conceptual issues are explored first through an emphasis on contemporary health practices, and then through developments in illness and medicine. Examining the ways in which ‘healthism’, rather than ‘medicalisation’, pervades most areas of everyday life, attention is drawn to the bodily practices we pursue in the name of health. These include concerns with sexual health, health promotion, the use of complementary or alternative medicine, and the notion of emotional health. The book then considers the implications of being diagnosed as ill, and charts the limits of the divisions between ‘mental’ and ‘physical’ illness, examining a range of conditions, including chronic pain, eating disorders and other illnesses of the contemporary world.

Health, Emotion and the Body combines clarity of expression with careful scholarship and originality, making it appeal to students and scholars with a wide range of interests, including the sociology of health and illness, the body, and mental illness, as well as health psychology.”


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Health, Emotion and the Body, [Book Review]
Paul Whybrow
Sosiological Research Online, vol. 14, no. 4, (2009)

Gillian Bendelow: Health, Emotion and the Body, [Book Review]
Benjamin J. Newton
Sociology, vol. 45, no. 3, p. 528-530

Bendelow, G: Health, Emotion and the Body, [Book Review]
Mike Bury
Sociology of Health & Illness, vol. 32, no.3, p. 502-503

It’s Not All in the Body, Stupid!
Anna van Wersch
Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 15, no.1, p. 156-158

Articles by Gillian Bendelow:

Emotional health: challenging biomedicine or increasing health surveillance?
Gillian Bendelow
Critical Public Health, vol. 20, no. 4, p. 465-474

Ethical aspects of personality disorders
Gillian Bendelow
Current Opininion in Psychiatry, vol. 23, no. 6, p. 546-549

The Mind/Body Problem in Contemporary Healthcare
Gillian Bendelow
In: Making Sense of Pain: Critical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net. ISBN 978-1-84888-36-8, p. 21-30

Pain, suffering and risk
Gillian Bendelow
Health, Risk & Society, vol. 8, no. 1, p. 59-70

Pain perceptions, emotions and gender
Gillian Bendelow
Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 15, no. 3, p. 273-294






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