Governing the working population : knowledge, self and power in workplace health programs

Allender, Steven, Colquhoun, Derek and Kelly, Peter 2006, Governing the working population : knowledge, self and power in workplace health programs, Critical public health, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 131-142.

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Title Governing the working population : knowledge, self and power in workplace health programs
Author(s) Allender, Steven
Colquhoun, Derek
Kelly, Peter
Journal name Critical public health
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Start page 131
End page 142
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0958-1596
1469-3682
Summary This paper reports a case study of a workplace health programme in an international information technology company. Discourse analysis was used to identify how specific forms of knowledge create understandings of health and influence power relations between employee and organization. These forms of knowledge are shown to make employee health both visible and invisible in particular ways. Workplace health discourse encourages the employee to take responsibility for self-assessment and behaviour adjustment to become healthier employees. This is shown to be an ethical project which results in the alignment of personal and corporate goals.
Language eng
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor & Francis
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