Governing Health and Consumption

Sensible Citizens, Behaviour and the City

Clare Herrick

Governing Health and Consumption

Clare Herrick

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

264 pages | 38 figures, 7 tables, 8 maps | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781847426383 Published March 2012 For sale in North and South America only

Governing Health and Consumption critically explores the urban governance of healthy lifestyles and the contemporary problematizations of the obesity, sedentarism and alcohol "epidemics."  Using both US and UK case studies to shed light on the complex socio-spatial dynamics of responsibilities for health, Clare Herrick argues for an engagement with the construct of "sensible" behavior at a time of its rising political salience. This book will appeal to sociologists, geographers, anthropologists, and anyone concerned with the governance of health and lifestyle.



Being sensible

Governing behaviour change in risky environments

Obesity and strategies of rule

The incidentally sensible city

Events and the lucratively sensible city

The sensible drinker and the persistence of pleasure

Spatial governance and the night-time economy

What life is this? Some concluding thoughts

Review Quotes
Julie Guthman, University of California, Santa Cruz
“A timely and challenging discussion of the dilemmas of contemporary health policy that recognizes the often intractible environmental determinants of health and still emphasizes information to modify individual behaviors.”
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