Palgrave Studies in Science, Knowledge and Policy

The Real War on Obesity

Contesting Knowledge and Meaning in a Public Health Crisis

Authors: Boswell, John

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  • Provides an engaging and jargon-free analysis of the discourses surrounding obesity policy
  • Offers a fresh, lively analysis of this contested policy field without getting mired in strong normative claims
  • Analyses the nature of competing knowledge claims rather than advancing one perspective over another
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About this book

This book sheds new light on the political battle to define and construct obesity as a policy issue. Through a rich analysis of the debates in Australia and the UK, it develops a nuanced analysis of the competing narratives that actors rely on to make sense of and argue about this issue, and documents how and to what effect they draw on scientific evidence to support their accounts. The real 'war on obesity', it demonstrates, has always been over the meaning and nature of this public health crisis. This insightful work will interest scholars of interpretive policy studies, critical public health and science and technology studies.

About the authors

John Boswell is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Southampton, UK. He conducts research on democratic governance, health policy and interpretive research methodology. 

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“For public health advocates, the sluggish and patchy response to the obvious rising tide of obesity and diabetes is somewhat puzzling and certainly frustrating. John Boswell incisively investigates this stalemate with some insightful research and a set of new perspectives. His diagnosis and remedies may surprise you but, to me, they make very good sense.” (Boyd Swinburn, Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and Alfred Deakin Professor and Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University, Australia)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Real War on Obesity
Book Subtitle
Contesting Knowledge and Meaning in a Public Health Crisis
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Science, Knowledge and Policy
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58252-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58252-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58251-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 224
Number of Illustrations
6 illustrations in colour
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