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inequalities. Traveller health inequalities In 2010 the All Ireland Traveller Health Study ( AITHS ), based on research undertaken in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland in 2008, found that at all ages and for all causes of death Travellers experience a higher mortality than the general population. It concluded: The problem is endemic and complex and will not be solved in the short term without considering the wider contextual issues. The fact that an

in Immigrants as outsiders in the two Irelands
A governmental analysis

Recent years have witnessed a burgeoning international literature which seeks to analyse the construction of health and health policy through an analytical lens drawn from post-Foucauldian ideas of governmentality. This book is the first to apply the theoretical lens of post-Foucauldian governmentality to an analysis of health problems, practices, and policy in Ireland. Drawing on empirical examples related to childhood, obesity, mental health, smoking, ageing and others, it explores how specific health issues have been constructed as problematic and in need of intervention in the Irish State. The book focuses specifically on how Jean Jacques Rousseau's critical social theory and normative political theory meet as a conception of childhood. The 'biosocial' apparatus has recently been reconfigured through a policy framework called Healthy Ireland, the purpose of which is to 'reduce health inequalities' by 'empowering people and communities'. Child fatness continues to be framed as a pervasive and urgent issue in Irish society. In a novel departure in Irish public health promotion, the Stop the Spread (STS) campaign, free measuring tapes were distributed throughout Ireland to encourage people to measure their waists. A number of key characteristics of neoliberal governmentality, including the shift towards a market-based model of health; the distribution of power across a range of agents and agencies; and the increasing individualisation of health are discussed. One of the defining features of the Irish health system is the Universal Health Insurance and the Disability Act 2005.

Children’s health and biosocial power

with producing healthy, efficient and self-disciplined subjects. The third and final section looks at how this ‘biosocial’ apparatus has recently been reconfigured through a policy framework called Healthy Ireland, the purpose of which is to ‘reduce health inequalities’ by ‘empowering people and communities’. What this means in effect is that individuals are to take responsibility and make ‘right choices’, and as was the case in the past, childhood is framed as the key to successful implementation of this strategy. Children are now enmeshed in a networked

in Reframing health and health policy in Ireland

for a large section of the Traveller community to have 162 Racism and social change in Ireland faith in the promises contained within the recommendations of the Report of the Task Force (1995).19 The experiences of Travellers in the areas of health, education and accommodation, illustrate the failures of social policy in Ireland in addressing such circumstances. Health inequalities and institutional racism According to the Traveller Health Status Study (1989) Travellers lived on average twelve years fewer than their settled peers. Travellers were found to have

in Racism and social change in the Republic of Ireland

Immigrants as Outsiders in the Two Irelands examines how a wide range of immigrant groups who settled in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland from the 1990s are faring today. It asks to what extent might different immigrant communities be understood as outsiders in both jurisdictions.

Immigrants as Outsiders in the Two Irelands brings together research on a wide range of immigrant communities. The book provides a sharp contemporary account of integration that situates migrants’ diverse experiences of exclusion within a detailed overall picture of the range of ways in which they have succeeded socially, economically and politically in building their lives in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Chapters include analyses of the specific experiences of Polish, Filipino, Muslim, African, Roma, refugee and asylum seeker populations and of the experiences of children, as well as analyses of the impacts of education, health, employment, housing, immigration law, asylum policy, the media and the contemporary politics of borders and migration on successful integration.

Immigrants as Outsiders in the Two Irelands offers a unique cross-border perspective on migrants on the island of Ireland today which situates the Irish experience within the wider politics of migration control, Brexit and integration policy. This book is a significant and timely analysis suitable for students of migration at any level in a wide range of social science disciplines.

Visualising obesity as a public health concern in 1970s and 1980s Britain

diets because of inherent health inequality. By examining a particular two-part edition of the current affairs programme, ITV's This Week , this section shows how community health and health education were developing a disease prevention agenda of their own that included direct discussion of inequalities in health. This Week was first launched in 1956, was renamed TV Eye from 1978–86, and reverted to the title This Week from 1986–92. It was committed to investigative journalism with a ‘social conscience

in Balancing the self

Nordic welfare model, three may singled out as having foremost importance: 7 The realisation of low income inequality – that is, the relatively even distribution of disposable incomes and the reduction of differences in living standards. A vital factor here is the poverty-reducing capacity of the state in the Nordic countries and its provision of generous benefits to mitigate the gap between rich and poor. 8 The realisation of low health inequality – that is, the adoption of measures designed to reduce differences in morbidity and mortality between groups of people

in Scandinavian politics today
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Governmentality, health policy and the place of critical politics

’s (1997) assertion that health policy is often conceptualised as a reaction to real, objective conditions, be that obesity, mental illness, disability or health inequalities. While critiques of Ireland’s health system exist and have played a significant role in highlighting the inequitable dynamics of the health system and governmental agendas in the health arena (see for example Burke, 2009), these have had less to say about the usefulness or otherwise of specific theoretical approaches in understanding health policy, and also pay little attention to how particular

in Reframing health and health policy in Ireland
Vanishing for the vote?

organizer, a dynamic local branch secretary could be decisive, especially in or near London: for instance, in Hampstead Miss Lucas (WFL), and Lilian Hicks and Constance Collier (WSPU). Indeed, in certain communities the branch secretary was the boycott: at Pinner in Middlesex, Janie Terrero (WSPU) evaded, amid a sea of compliance. Boycotting in such areas required real bravery: secretary of Peckham WFL, Julia Pickering, wife of a milk vendor, was a rare evader across her corner of south-­east London.33 One final correlation is with health inequalities in families

in Vanishing for the vote

health interventions to specific individual needs and circumstances was reiterated by the Coalition government’s White Paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People (Department of Health, 2010). This report found that earlier efforts seeking to tackle the major public health menaces, such as obesity, smoking, drug use, sexually transmitted infections, and poor mental health and health inequality, had been ineffective because: ‘it is simply not possible to promote healthier lifestyles through Whitehall diktat and nannying about the way people should live’ (Department of Health

in The politics of health promotion