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Biopolitics and the 'Obesity Epidemic': Governing Bodies by Jan Wright, Valerie Harwood

By Jan Wright, Valerie Harwood

Biopolitics and the ‘Obesity Epidemic’ is the 1st edited number of severe views at the 'obesity epidemic.' the amount offers a entire dialogue of present concerns within the serious research of healthiness, weight problems and society, and the influence of weight problems discourses on assorted members, social teams and associations. members from the united kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia supply unique, available, and interesting chapters on concerns comparable to the consequences on members, households, youths and colleges. The well timed contributions provided by means of Biopolitics and the ‘Obesity Epidemic’ to this hugely topical region can be of curiosity to a variety of readers, together with lecturers, schooling pros, group overall healthiness and allied execs, and lecturers in parts similar to schooling, future health, formative years stories, social paintings and psychology.

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It is a new body, a multiple body . . [b]iopolitics deals with the population, with 22 Valerie Harwood the population as political problem’ (Foucault 2003: 245). The second point concerns the nature of the phenomena, the population and its unpredictability. In Foucault’s words ‘the phenomena addressed by biopolitics are, essentially, aleatory events that occur within a population that exists over a period of time’ (Foucault 2003: 246). In the third point Foucault suggests how regularizing practices may function.

This is a distinction from the work of Agamben (1998; 2000) and works that draw on his interpretation of biopower such as Lewis (2006). 9 With regard to the debate between Agamben’s reading of biopower and that of Foucault’s (Dillon 2005; Genel 2006; Margaroni 2005; Ojakangas 2005), attention to the modes of subjectification may contribute a perspective on the relationship between contemporary juridico-legal power and biopolitics on the one hand, and sovereign power and the biopower on the other.

SIRC 2005: 9) The potential usefulness of Obesity and the Facts for my own research and advocacy agendas seemed obvious. But I was also curious. Who or what is SIRC? The centre’s web page says: SIRC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation based in Oxford, UK. We conduct research on a wide range of social topics and combine robust qualitative and quantitative methods with innovative analysis and thinking. (SIRC 2008b) While this seems unremarkable enough, clicking ‘About SIRC’ reveals the following: SIRC aims to provide a balanced, calm and thoughtful perspective on social issues, promoting open and rational debates based on evidence rather than ideology.

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