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Critical approaches to global health

Ingram, AR; (2018) Critical approaches to global health. In: McInnes, C and Lee, K and Youde, J, (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK. Green open access

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This chapter places the critical analysis of global health in wider intellectual and political perspective, situating critical thinking in relation to the philosophical idea of Enlightenment and ensuing debates about the nature of power, knowledge, and freedom. After a brief genealogy of critical thought, the chapter considers some of the main sources of critical thinking in global health and provides a brief survey of critical takes on health in the era of globalisation. It then considers three influential varieties of critique—of political economy, of representation, and of biopower—while touching on other critical perspectives, including feminism and anticolonial thought. As a way of prompting further reflection, the concluding section of the chapter considers recent debates about the problems of the critical enterprise itself.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Critical approaches to global health
ISBN-13: 9780190456818
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190456818.001.0001
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190456818.0...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: critique, Enlightenment, political economy, biopower, representation
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10047364
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