Critical and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives
'This book should be essential reading for all those interested in the future of health services. As Lupton argues, the widespread techno-utopian vision of many proponents of the digital health revolution is at odds with what we know about the use of digital tools. Lupton presents a compelling argument for a critical approach to digital health studies, acknowledging that these technologies may bring great benefit, but also recognizing the challenges and constraints, and identifying a clear agenda for future work.' - John Powell, University of Oxford 'Lupton tracks the claims and fantasies that support the health and medical industrial complex. She shows how 'digital health' (just like health itself) is suffused with social, economic, gender and ethnic inequalities, and she calls for a stronger critical programme of study to address the prevailing techno-utopian discourse around digital health.' - Maggie Mort, Lancaster University 'Why have digital health technologies emerged in their current form? What expectations realistic and unrealistic do we place on them? Whose interests do they serve (and whose voices do they silence)? What alternative solutions do they overshadow? No scholar is better placed to address these important questions than Deborah Lupton.' - Trish Greenhalgh, University of Oxford 'It is not enough to read Deborah Luptons book only once. The author reports on every mentionable study in the field, mostly from the Western world and Australia, her home country, without neglecting, however, the specific issue of digital health in developing countries. Thanks to its huge empirical material, the series of examples, and evidence standing behind every thesis she formulates, this book needs to be invoked over and over again.' - gnes SNTHA, Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Social Analysis 'The sheer scale of technological interventions in healthcare that Deborah Lupton has managed to survey in this timely book is astonishing. From the wearables used by individuals to monitor their health statistics, to the social media accounts used by cosmetic surgeons to publicise their skills, to the big data interventions into public health promotion, it seems that the digital has become enmeshed throughout all levels of the entire health system.' - Raelene Wilding, Health Sociology Review '
Deborah Lupton is Centenary Research Professor in the News and Media Research Centre, Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra, Australia. Author of 15 previous books, she is an internationally renowned scholar whose research spans sociology, media, communication and cultural studies.
Introduction. 1. Theoretical Concepts 2. The Digitised Healthy Citizen 3. Digitised Embodiment 4. Big Digital Health Data 5. The Social Structuring of Digital Health Use 6. The Lived Experience of Digital Health 7. Digitised Medical and Health Work. Concluding Comments