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The politics of health promotion: Case studies from Denmark and England

Peter Triantafillou and Naja Vucina


This book examines the politics of health promotion in Denmark and England. Based on two areas of health interventions, namely obesity control and mental recovery, the book analyses how public health policies have shifted since the 1980s from a dual strategy of prevention – by modifying the physical environment – and curation to a strategy of health promotion. This involves a new kind of power exercised over and through the subjectivity not only of the ill and sick, but, in principle, all citizens. Thus, the aim of health promotion is not only to prevent or cure illness, but to improve health, ... More

Keywords: Health Promotion, Obesity control, Mental recovery, Power, Optimistic vitalism, Constructivist neoliberalism, Michel Foucault

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781526100528
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526100528.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Triantafillou, author
Professor of Public Policy and Performance Management at Roskilde University, Denmark

Naja Vucina, author
leader of the Research Unit and Competence Centre for Psychotherapy, Stolpegård Psychotherapy Centre; Mental Health Services, Capital Region, Denmark