Editor's Choice Collection Critical Public Health

Critical Public Health

We are pleased to anounce that Critical Public Health has attained its first Impact Factor of 0.882 in the 2012 Journals Citation Reports [© 2013 Thomson Reuters, 2012 Journal Citation Reports®]. This is a fantastic acheviement and is a testament to the quality of articles it publishes, which stand at the forefront of research and debate in the Public Health field.

To celebrate this acheviement, the Critical Public Health Editor, Judith Green, has chosen a selection of articles from the journal that exemplify the quality of research that has been integral in the journal attainting its academic recognition,  and discusses their importance in the field.

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Deconstructing behavioural classifications: tobacco control, ‘professional vision’ and the tobacco user as a site of government intervention
Michael Mair

    “Critical public health requires scholarship that is willing to take on our own ‘sacred cows’, including tobacco control research.  In his careful unpacking of the significance of mundane ‘counting’ practices in tobacco research, Mair deconstructs the ‘neutrality’ of evidence based policy. I liked this paper for its grounded empirical approach to exploring the politics of research as well as its coherent and credible critique of the ‘behavioural’ turn in public health.”

Working ‘off the record’: polio eradication and state immunity in Chad
Lori Leonard

    “In the intersections of state governance, global policies and the local politics of Chad villages, Leonard argues that vaccination campaigns and resistance are more about legitimacy and authority than public health.  I found this a fascinating account of the contingencies of polio eradication, with insights and implications for how we account for campaign success, and how we can best protect the health of children in resource poor settings. Detailed studies like this of what happens ‘on the ground’ in different settings are an essential resource for understanding the politics of public health.”

Blaming the consumer - once again: the social and material contexts of everyday food waste practices in some English households
David Evans

    “Addressing contemporary public health challenges will require moving beyond behavioural approaches to health practices – but many public health practitioners are turned off by ‘theory’. Part of a Special Issue on Food and Public Health, Evans’ paper, drawing on ethnographic data, is an admirably accessible example of the value of thinking about food practices in context as a way of understanding why people do what they do, and how changing practice will require us to think much more carefully about ‘social context’.”

Global public health policy transfer and dengue fever in Putrajaya, Malaysia: a critical discourse analysis
Kate Mulligan, Susan J. Elliott & Corinne J. Schuster-Wallace

    “This is a lovely integration of theory, data and implications for practice: a critical discourse analysis that provides some useful information for policy on dengue fever – a growing global public health issue.  Mulligan and colleagues analyse policy documents and key informant interviews to unpick some framings that are impeding progress on dengue control.  I welcomed this paper as an exemplar of ‘useful theory’ as well as for its empirical contribution to our knowledge on policy transfer.”

A toxic combination of poor social policies and programmes, unfair economic arrangements and bad politics: the experiences of poor Canadians with Type 2 diabetes
Dennis Raphael, Isolde Daiski, Beryl Pilkington, Toba Bryant, Miha Dinca-Panaitescu & Serban Dinca-Panaitescu

    “As structural causes of ill health are increasingly side-lined in health policy, this study by Raphael and colleagues is a timely reminder of how poverty exacerbates adverse health outcomes for those with chronic illness – even in high income countries such as Canada with accessible health care. Drawing on a qualitative survey, the authors show how people living with diabetes in Canada are hampered not by lack of knowledge, but by public policy that ensures they have insufficient material resources for a healthy life.”

‘What we’ve tried, hasn’t worked’: the politics of assets based public health
Lynne Friedli

    “Part of a special section on ‘assets’, with other papers pointing to the successes of this approach, Friedli’s commentary strikes a rare but necessary note of caution for public health as it risks being swept along by an uncritical version of ‘assets’ that fails to address relations of power between communities, corporate interests and the state.  Our remit in Critical Public Health is to encourage debate, and the articles in this section, from different perspectives, should do that.”


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