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

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posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Steven AllenderSteven Allender, D Colquhoun, Peter Kelly
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.

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Journal

Critical public health

Volume

16

Issue

2

Pagination

131 - 142

Publisher

Routledge

Location

London, England

ISSN

0958-1596

eISSN

1469-3682

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006, Taylor & Francis

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