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Posthumanist critique and human health: how nonhumans (could) figure in public health research

Friese, Carrie ORCID: 0000-0001-7144-8046 and Nuyts, Nathalie (2017) Posthumanist critique and human health: how nonhumans (could) figure in public health research. Critical Public Health, 27 (3). 303 - 313. ISSN 0958-1596

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09581596.2017.1294246


This paper uses bibliometric analysis and critical discourse analysis to explore the rise in research involving nonhumans in public health, and the potential contribution of posthumanist social theory to this growing body of public health scholarship. There has been a sudden and rather marked increase in research and writing on animals, zoonoses and/or the ‘One-health’ paradigm within public health journals since 2006. Indeed ‘One-health’ rather than 'posthumanism' holds together research involving nonhumans of various kinds – from viruses to animals - within the discipline. Advocates of the 'One-health' paradigm argue that human and animal health must be integrated through joining the research, training and care practices of human and animal medicine. By mapping the terrain of public health research involving nonhuman species, we consider how and where posthumanist theory could be productively drawn upon to contribute to both critical and applied research involving nonhumans within public health. We specifically ask how the posthumanist insight to 'follow the nonhumans' would raise new questions and analytics for this research area.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 09:14
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2024 03:34

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