Governing the unhealthy community: some reflections on UK health action zones

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58271
Title:
Governing the unhealthy community: some reflections on UK health action zones
Authors:
Crawshaw, P. (Paul); Bunton, R. (Robin); Conway, S. (Steve)
Affiliation:
University of Teesside. School of Health and Social Care; University of Teesside. School of Social Sciences and Law.; Social Futures Institute. Unit for Social and Policy Research.
Citation:
Crawshaw, P., Bunton, R. and Conway, S. (2004) 'Governing the unhealthy community: some reflections on UK health action zones', Social Theory & Health, 2 (4), pp.341-360.
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Journal:
Social Theory & Health
Issue Date:
Nov-2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10149/58271
DOI:
10.1057/palgrave.sth.8700035
Abstract:
Recent UK public policy related to New Labour's social exclusion agenda has increasingly targeted the community as a site for interventions that attempt to improve the lives of some of the most excluded groups. Recognition that deprivation is often geographically focussed has led to implementation of area-based policy interventions such as Health Action Zones (HAZ). In common with other area-based initiatives, HAZ communities are identified as at risk of unemployment, exclusion and ill health. This paper draws on the work of Rose to argue that such public policy represents a shift from the social to the community as a target of welfare interventions. This is discussed with reference to the UK HAZs that employ such strategies to attempt to improve the health of disadvantaged communities. Original empirical data from an evaluation of one zone in the North East of England (the NHAZ) is presented. The implications of the targeting of community as a new site of governance and the re-responsibilising of individuals to manage their own health become a key focus.
Type:
Article
Keywords:
Rose; governance; community; neo-liberalism; health action zones; area-based initiatives; health; north east England; social exclusion; deprivation
ISSN:
1477-8211
Rights:
Subject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 06/01/2010]
Citation Count:
0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 06/01/2010]

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dc.contributor.authorCrawshaw, P. (Paul)-
dc.contributor.authorBunton, R. (Robin)-
dc.contributor.authorConway, S. (Steve)-
dc.date.accessioned2009-04-01T10:47:40Z-
dc.date.available2009-04-01T10:47:40Z-
dc.date.issued2004-11-
dc.identifier.citationSocial Theory & Health; 2 (4): 341-360-
dc.identifier.issn1477-8211-
dc.identifier.doi10.1057/palgrave.sth.8700035-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10149/58271-
dc.description.abstractRecent UK public policy related to New Labour's social exclusion agenda has increasingly targeted the community as a site for interventions that attempt to improve the lives of some of the most excluded groups. Recognition that deprivation is often geographically focussed has led to implementation of area-based policy interventions such as Health Action Zones (HAZ). In common with other area-based initiatives, HAZ communities are identified as at risk of unemployment, exclusion and ill health. This paper draws on the work of Rose to argue that such public policy represents a shift from the social to the community as a target of welfare interventions. This is discussed with reference to the UK HAZs that employ such strategies to attempt to improve the health of disadvantaged communities. Original empirical data from an evaluation of one zone in the North East of England (the NHAZ) is presented. The implications of the targeting of community as a new site of governance and the re-responsibilising of individuals to manage their own health become a key focus.-
dc.publisherPalgrave Macmillan-
dc.rightsSubject to restrictions, author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing). For full details see http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/ [Accessed 06/01/2010]-
dc.subjectRose-
dc.subjectgovernance-
dc.subjectcommunity-
dc.subjectneo-liberalism-
dc.subjecthealth action zones-
dc.subjectarea-based initiatives-
dc.subjecthealth-
dc.subjectnorth east England-
dc.subjectsocial exclusion-
dc.subjectdeprivation-
dc.titleGoverning the unhealthy community: some reflections on UK health action zones-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Teesside. School of Health and Social Care; University of Teesside. School of Social Sciences and Law.-
dc.contributor.departmentSocial Futures Institute. Unit for Social and Policy Research.-
dc.identifier.journalSocial Theory & Health-
ref.assessmentRAE 2008-
ref.citationcount0 [Web of Science and Scopus, 06/01/2010]-
or.citation.harvardCrawshaw, P., Bunton, R. and Conway, S. (2004) 'Governing the unhealthy community: some reflections on UK health action zones', Social Theory & Health, 2 (4), pp.341-360.-
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