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Discourses of Smoking, Health, and the Just Society:Yesterday, Today, and the Return of the Same?

Palladino, Paolo (2001) Discourses of Smoking, Health, and the Just Society:Yesterday, Today, and the Return of the Same? Social history of medicine, 14 (2). pp. 313-335. ISSN 0951-631X

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Abstract

This paper locates the political impact of Bernie Ecclestone's controversial donation to the Labour Party, just before its election to government in 1997, in a recurrent concern among British socialists about the relationship between smoking, health, and the just society. It does so by turning to an earlier episode in the history of British socialism, specifically to Horace Joules' political agitation from 1951 onward, within the Socialist Medical Association, advisory committees to the Ministry of Health, and the British popular and medical press, for government action against smoking. The argument is that the association of concerns over smoking, health and the making of a just society is rooted in aspirations to Christian community that were and continue to be fundamentally important in the development of British socialism. Smoking has been viewed and continues to be viewed as incompatible with this understanding of community because it is the ultimate consumer good, refractory to any discourse of utility and responsibility.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social history of medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: smoking ; tobacco ; social medicine ; socialism ; New Labour ; Great Britain
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 13946
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2008 15:49
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:14
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13946

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