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[The Introduction sets out the key questions to be explored, summarises the main arguments and describes the case-studies used to consider these issues in depth. What was the place of the public in public health in post-war Britain? How did this change over time, and why does this matter? We...
[In this chapter, we explore conceptualisations of the public, of public health and the relationship between these. We suggest there are three key ways in which ‘the public’ is seen: as a collection of people; as a space for action; and as a set of values. Likewise, public health can be...
[In this chapter, we examine how public health policymakers and practitioners imagined the public in post-war Britain. We focus on three ways of thinking about the public: as a whole or a mass; as groups; and as individuals. At the same time, these ways of imagining the public often overlapped...
[In this chapter, we consider how the public or certain publics were able to ‘speak back’ to public health, to challenge its practices and ideologies. We focus on three types of speaking back. The first involved resistance. This could be active, as in the rejection of public health initiatives,...
[In this chapter, we reflect not only on the challenges to publicness in public health but also its persistence. The increasing focus on individual behaviour as both a cause of disease and its remedy, posed a danger to collective understandings of the public and its health. Emphasising personal...
[In the Conclusion, we reflect on some of the important changes and continuities over time and consider the implications that these have for our understanding of the ‘public’ and of ‘public health’, now, and in the past. We do this by focusing on three areas: the place of the public in public...
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