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Culture and Health - fresh thinking for public health in the 21st century
The IFF is a partner in a five year study on the relationship between modern culture and wellbeing. The study has investigated the ways in whch dimensions of modern culture for example - economism, consumerism and individualism - have an impact on wellbeing. The emergence of related problems such as climate change, peak oil and the current economic situation, means that these issues are looming large in the lives of many people locally and globally. Using various methods the study has explored a range of perspectives on these issues which exist in both the research literature and in the lived experience of everyday life.
The study was conducted by members of the Department of Public Health at The University of Glasgow. The advisory group in which the IFF participates also includes members from the Centre for Integrative Care, the Scottish Government, The Glasgow Centre for Population Health, Learn Direct Scotland.
Last updated: 21 Apr 2013
A number of papers have been written, both on learning journeys undertaken by the research team and published papers. The work has now concluded and synthesised in a book called The Future Public Health.
A complementary sister project is under way. If an exploration of culture and wellbeing travels from the outside in, the sister project goes from the inside out - starting with ideas of relationship to self, healing capacity, healing relationship, external circumstances and context. This sister project is called the Healing Shift Enquiry.
Links have been made with the Public Health Network in North West England. They have badged their version of the Future Public Health (or Fifth Wave) as the "New New Public Health" or N2PH for short. This is a homage to Ashton and Seymour's original work in 1988 on the "New Public Health".
Documents for download
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Discussion Paper 1 - Organisation of Literature Scan
Date: 19 Oct 2011 Size: 308kB
Discussion Paper 2 - Society and the Good Life
Date: 19 Oct 2011 Size: 254kB
Discussion Paper 3 - Culture as an Influence on Wellbeing
Date: 19 Oct 2011 Size: 367kB
Discussion Paper 4 - The role of emotions in wellbeing: bridging biology and culture
Date: 19 Oct 2011 Size: 464kB
Discussion Paper 5 - Spirituality and Wellbeing: Salvation in the Therapy Culture
Date: 19 Oct 2011 Size: 387kB
Discussion Paper 6 - Modernism and it's consequences for Wellbeing
Discussion Paper 7 - The Links between Sustainability and Wellbeing
Date: 19 Oct 2011 Size: 327kB
Learning Journey Report 2006
A report ont he first of two learning journeys undetraken in 2006/07 to take soundings from different perspectives on culture and health
Date: 19 Oct 2011 Size: 425kB
Learning Journey Report 2007
The second of two learning journeys designed to take soundings from different Scottish perspectives on culture and health. A further six learning journeys are in planning for the first half of 2009
Date: 19 Oct 2011 Size: 300kB
Wellbeing and Modern Culture: Soundings from Scotland
A first analysis of the key issues which arose from the learning journeys taken in October 06 and February 07
Date: 19 Oct 2011 Size: 306kB