The Resource Selling wellness : the cultural politics of holistic health in the U.S., by Chelsea A. Platt

Selling wellness : the cultural politics of holistic health in the U.S., by Chelsea A. Platt

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Selling wellness : the cultural politics of holistic health in the U.S.
Title
Selling wellness
Title remainder
the cultural politics of holistic health in the U.S.
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by Chelsea A. Platt
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eng
Summary
Currently, holistic health and lifestyle medicine are growing sectors of the U.S. health care market (Fadlon 2005). The term "holistic" entered the U.S. medical discourse in the 1970s and refers to the treatment of the whole person as opposed to the biomedical treatment of the medical condition itself (Whorton 2002). The aim of this research is to examine various representations of the practice of holistic health and wellness through the perspectives and experiences of holistic health practitioners and locates these representations within neoliberal, gender, and class discourses. Over the last eighteen months I conducted interviews with holistic health practitioners and field work at professional health conferences, a wellness retreat, and various community health education events. I found holistic health practitioners represent a wellness-centered lifestyle health as a privileged social status, however practitioners continue frame holistic health and wellness as a possibility for all on individual health choices ignoring the significance of class position. I argue that holistic health and wellness care offers a distinct orientation to health through the emphasis on lifestyle and the expansion of what behaviors and elements of life are related to health. Furthermore, holistic health and wellness are made visible through celebrity and popular culture. Celebrities promote wellness as an aspirational consumer lifestyle, which requires economic means and privilege to achieve. Finally, I argue these representations of holistic health and wellness also rely on notions of femininity and masculinity. Holistic health practitioners engage gender frameworks within holistic health interactions and wellness consumption is also represented as a material means to enact gender identities
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MUU
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Platt, Chelsea A
Degree
Ph. D.
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Thesis
Dissertation year
2016.
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Granting institution
University of Missouri--Columbia
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illustrations
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no index present
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
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1971-
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Prasad, Srirupa
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  • Holistic medicine
  • Biopolitics
  • Social status
  • Women's health services
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Selling wellness : the cultural politics of holistic health in the U.S., by Chelsea A. Platt
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  • Abstract from short.pdf file
  • Dissertation advisor: Srirupa Prasad
  • Includes vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 94-99)
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
991879335
Extent
1 online resource (100 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)991879335
Label
Selling wellness : the cultural politics of holistic health in the U.S., by Chelsea A. Platt
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Abstract from short.pdf file
  • Dissertation advisor: Srirupa Prasad
  • Includes vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 94-99)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
991879335
Extent
1 online resource (100 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)991879335

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