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Jane South, Judy White, and Mark Gamsu

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305316

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305316.001.0001

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Dispelling the myths

Dispelling the myths

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(p.149) Eleven Dispelling the myths
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People-centred public health
Author(s):

Jane South

Judy White

Mark Gamsu

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447305316.003.0011

This chapter addresses some of the ‘myths’ or counter arguments that detract from greater citizen involvement. The aim of the chapter is to critique ideological perspectives on involvement and volunteering from both left and right of the political spectrum and to stimulate debate about the place of lay engagement in society. Critical discussion on health inequalities leads to the conclusion that greater citizen control is essential if there is to be a rebalancing of power in society. Perceived threats to jobs and the challenges associated with professionalism and managerialism are explored in the current context where retrenchment of public services is occurring. The chapter also discusses the evidence base for lay engagement and the politics of evaluation.

Keywords:   health inequalities, professionalism, evidence, evaluation, ideology, lay engagement, power

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