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The Legitimacy of Healthcare and Public HealthInterrogating the Public Health Approach: Lessons from the Field of Urban Violence

The Legitimacy of Healthcare and Public Health: Interrogating the Public Health Approach: Lessons... [The public health idiom had already made serious inroads into understandings of, and attempts to address, urban violence (particularly among young men). This chapter seeks to analyse the application of the public health approach to attempts to address urban violence using fieldwork conducted in London. As explained more fully below, the fieldwork was carried out in a number of settings across the English capital, between 2011 and 2018. We are especially interested in interrogating the public health model on its own terms. For example: What is the disease? How are symptoms identified and gauged? Who are the victims? How is the “cure” formulated and administered? And how is recovery from the social ill of urban violence captured and calibrated? We know about some of the theoretical-conceptual implications of viewing urban violence through a public health frame. We know less about how these implications play out in the everyday settings wherein agencies are expected to work together to combat urban violence. In exploring these issues, we combine the findings of our own fieldwork with the growing literature on the application of public health approaches to urban violence and scholarly debate around trust and authority in the context of legitimacy.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Legitimacy of Healthcare and Public HealthInterrogating the Public Health Approach: Lessons from the Field of Urban Violence

Editors: Pardo, Italo; Prato, Giuliana B.

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023
ISBN
978-3-031-25591-5
Pages
263 –283
DOI
10.1007/978-3-031-25592-2_14
Publisher site
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Abstract

[The public health idiom had already made serious inroads into understandings of, and attempts to address, urban violence (particularly among young men). This chapter seeks to analyse the application of the public health approach to attempts to address urban violence using fieldwork conducted in London. As explained more fully below, the fieldwork was carried out in a number of settings across the English capital, between 2011 and 2018. We are especially interested in interrogating the public health model on its own terms. For example: What is the disease? How are symptoms identified and gauged? Who are the victims? How is the “cure” formulated and administered? And how is recovery from the social ill of urban violence captured and calibrated? We know about some of the theoretical-conceptual implications of viewing urban violence through a public health frame. We know less about how these implications play out in the everyday settings wherein agencies are expected to work together to combat urban violence. In exploring these issues, we combine the findings of our own fieldwork with the growing literature on the application of public health approaches to urban violence and scholarly debate around trust and authority in the context of legitimacy.]

Published: May 4, 2023

Keywords: Ethnography; Legitimacy; Public health; Urban violence

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