Hope in Health: The Socio-Politics of Optimism

Hardcover | May 28, 2015

byAlan Petersen

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The language of hope permeates contemporary health and healthcare. It is believed that patients who are hopeful are more likely to recover, and health professionals endeavour to 'instil' or 'manage' hope in patients. The rhetoric of hope is extensively employed in marketing medical tests, treatments and devices. Despite this focus on hope in health, sociologists and other social scientists have failed to offer a systematic analysis of the discourses of hope and related practices.

This book is the first to explore the socio-politics of hope in the contexts of health and healthcare. It highlights the significance of technological promise in contemporary conceptions of hope, making reference to examples such as stem cell treatments, medical testing, personal risk management, the use of self-tracking devices, and anti-ageing treatments and longevity research. The book concludes by arguing for scholars to take more seriously the significance of 'hope' in the contexts of health and healthcare.

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The language of hope permeates contemporary health and healthcare. It is believed that patients who are hopeful are more likely to recover, and health professionals endeavour to 'instil' or 'manage' hope in patients. The rhetoric of hope is extensively employed in marketing medical tests, treatments and devices. Despite this focus on h...

Alan Petersen is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences, Monash University, Australia. He has researched and published extensively in the sociology of health and illness, science and technology studies, and gender studies.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.5 × 5.25 × 0.98 inPublished:May 28, 2015Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230361935

ISBN - 13:9780230361935

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Table of Contents

1. The Politics of Hope in Health

2. The Power of Hope

3. Technologies of Hope

4. Hope in Optimising Health

5. Hope of Immortality

6. Hope in the Future