By Saras Henderson, Alan Petersen

In our post-welfare society, healthiness is more and more seen as a commodity and everyone is outlined as 'health care consumers'. whilst, the inspiration that the kingdom may still deal with the wellbeing and fitness of its voters is being changed via an expectation that electorate may still play a extra lively position in taking good care of themselves. those advancements are certainly not uncontentious. eating future health explores the varied meanings and functions of the time period 'consumer' within the box of healthiness care and the consequences for policy-making, future health care supply and reviews of future health care. participants are recognized leading edge researchers and academics from the Australia, the united kingdom and Canada. among them they hide quite a lot of issues - from the medicalisation of the menopause to the participation of shopper teams within the nationwide coverage strategy - to create an unique and thought-provoking textual content for college kids and practitioners within the box of overall healthiness care.

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Sciolino, E. (2000) ‘Iran’s well-covered women remodel a part that shows’, The New York Times, 22 September. Sennett, R. (1998) The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism, New York: Norton. Silvers, A. (1998) ‘A fatal attraction to normalizing: treating disabilities as deviations from “species-typical” functioning’, in E. ), Enhancing Human Traits: Ethical and Social Implications, Washington: Georgetown University Press. Simmel, G. (1971) On Individuality and Social Forms, D.

Acknowledgement My thanks to this volume’s editors and to Erik Parens for comments on an earlier draft. Mike Atkinson brought publication of The Art of Cosmetic Beauty to my attention, and Ron Epstein, MD, complicated a sociological analysis with singularly humane clinical experience. Notes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 A vague paranoia about liability leads me to designate physicians by a letter rather than their names, though these names are readily available by consulting The Art of Cosmetic Beauty. As Simmel noted almost a century ago, ‘Thus they imply that their best customers are the Best People – those who do not ask about prices’ (1971: 183).

As Simmel noted almost a century ago, ‘Thus they imply that their best customers are the Best People – those who do not ask about prices’ (1971: 183). The true pleasure of spending money often includes not having to ask how much. Dermatologists Arthur and Loretta Pratt Balin (1997) present numerous and compelling testimonials to how their cosmetic interventions have improved the lives of their patients. Among sociological studies, Davis (1995) reports in-depth interviews in which women present their cosmetic surgeries as personal necessities.

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