Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Critical Perspectives in Public Health

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Critical Perspectives in Public Health

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Critical Perspectives in Public Health Judith Green, Ronald Labonté (Eds.), New York, NY: Routledge, 2007; 248 pp, $45.95 paperback

At first glance, this book presents a collection of edited articles from recent issues of the journal Critical Public Health. However, on further reading, the importance of this book becomes clear. The editors start with the premise that many of the issues of initial concern for critical public health and the new public health of the 1980s and 1990s have become mainstream. As a result, they see an ongoing need for critical perspectives and voices both for public health and of public health that ensure continuation of reflective roles, multiple voices, examination of unanticipated consequences and alertness to "an excess orthodoxy".

The book is separated into four sections, each prefaced with original essays that introduce key concepts, definitions and issues that tie the subsequent chapters together into coherent themes. The first section broadly examines social inequalities in health with attention to challenges in developing countries, social capital, HIV infection in women, and poverty in the United States. …

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