Implications of structure and agency for health and wellbeing in our ecologically constrained world

A focus on prospects for gender equity

Helen Walls, Colin BUTLER, Jane Dixon, Indira SAMARAWICKREMA

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Abstract

Individual choice and freedom are repeatedly invoked in contemporary policy debates, especially health policy debates about health insurance coverage and risk behaviors. The idea of making the “right” choice with regards to health and wellbeing has been fortified by the neoliberal discourses of self-reliance, personal autonomy, and responsibility. The neoliberal view, stemming from John Stuart Mill’s conceptualization of individual freedom in opposition to unlimited state control (Mill 1859), holds that success, good health, and favorable educational outcomes are largely tied to individual effort. Correspondingly, so too is failure—including failure of health.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Food, Global Justice
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on Eating Under Globalization
EditorsMary C. Rawlinson, Caleb Ward
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Chapter3
Pages52-72
Number of pages21
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)1443877697, 9781443882347
ISBN (Print)9781443877695
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Walls, H., BUTLER, C., Dixon, J., & SAMARAWICKREMA, I. (2015). Implications of structure and agency for health and wellbeing in our ecologically constrained world: A focus on prospects for gender equity. In M. C. Rawlinson, & C. Ward (Eds.), Global Food, Global Justice: Essays on Eating Under Globalization (1 ed., pp. 52-72). United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.