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Burrows, L. and Wright, J. (2020) Biopedagogies and family life, in K. Fitzpatrick, D. Leahy & J .Wright, Social Theory and Health Education: Forging new insights in research. London: Routledge.


In this chapter we draw on our work with young people and families to explore the utility of poststructural theoretical resources in understanding engagement with health imperatives. While we suggest that concepts like biopedagogies, discourse and subjectivity (amongst others) usefully frame our research, we also focus on what cannot be thought/understood with these resources alone. We explore how the complexity of family life, the ways culture, class and biopedagogies of the body intersect in ‘real’ lives and the translation of school-based health messages to home environs may require alternate theories.



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