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1.1 Modernity in crisis

‘Modernity’ refers to what emerged in Europe to replace the traditional arrangements of the medieval period. ...

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1.2.1 How modernity improved health

In this paper we suggest that four significant periods of public health developments in the UK can usefully be thought of, ...

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1.3.1 The diseases of modernity

In a previous paper we explored public health success stories and concluded that they largely relied on our ability to understand-predict-control. ...

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1.4.1 The 'isms' of modernity

A look over the different viewpoints from the "isms" of modernity.

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1.5.1 Modernity is not sustainable

Our analysis is that the values of modernity – materialism, individualism, consumerism, scientism and economism – ...

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2.1 The Future Public Health - an integral framework

The future is radically open and experience shows that trying to predict the future in any detail is relatively futile. That ...

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2.2 Applying the Integral Model to Public Health Challenges and the NHS

In other sections of this website, a series of escalating public health challenges were explored including widening inequalities, ...

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3.1 How should we live?

In this paper, you will find suggestions on how humanity could improve general health, if each individual focused on the ...

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Archive paper - Consumer culture

Within the discipline of public health, culture tends either to be taken for granted or viewed as too remote, diffuse or ...

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Archive paper - Facing a Third Revolution

Developments which led to the ‘modern’ world include the agricultural revolutions, both the early shift from ...

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Archive paper - Living with modernity

Historians (and perhaps our own common sense) tell us that, if we want to understand the society in which we now live and ...

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Archive paper - The Individualised Society

Any culture has the power to influence and shape people’s perceptions, emotions, beliefs, values and expectations in ...

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Briefing paper 1 - How health improved in the modern era

This defines each way in which health has improved over history, how we can learn from it and continue improving.

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Briefing paper 2 -The demographic transition

In this paper, we will explore the effects of progression over time from a pre-industrial to an industrialised economy, as ...

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Briefing paper 3 - What is health

This describes the different aspects of health, including mental and social, as well as their diseases. There are thoughts ...

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Briefing paper 4 - The determinants of health

This is a briefing paper. It is not a comprehensive exposition of this vast subject. Students will need to read widely to ...

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Briefing paper 5 - Inequalities in health

In this paper, we will examine the nature of health inequality, with regards to deprivation in socio-economic factors, such ...

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Guest essay - The Hidden Power of Paradigms

Worldviews and paradigms are much more influential than most of us imagine. The dominant paradigm today is modernity, and ...

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Student Workbook - Keeping people healthy: healthy ageing

Student workbook focusing on the realistic possibilities of human health over a life span, versus the current reality. You ...