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Book review: Young People and the Aesthetics of Health Promotion: Beyond Reason, Rationality and Risk

Senior lecturer Toni Bewley reviews Young People and the Aesthetics of Health Promotion: Beyond Reason, Rationality and Risk.

Young People and the Aesthetics of Health Promotion: Beyond Reason, Rationality and Risk

Young People and the Aesthetics of Health Promotion

Kerry Montero and Peter Kelly

Routledge

£95.00 | 198pp

ISBN: 9781138898059

Portrayed through the experiences of young people in Australia, this book presents different innovative perspectives on health promotion. It emphasises social theory, and offers an in-depth exploration of risk, rationality and reasoning.

The text draws on a health-promotion workshop programme delivered to year 2 Australian schoolchildren.

The programme, called Fit to drive, is intended for young drivers, and concerns risk‑taking behaviours and their consequences.

Crossover discussions

The workshops focus on driving and road traffic accidents, but ensuing discussions refer to other risk-taking behaviours, including substance and alcohol abuse, and sexual behaviour.

The workshop programmes take place in Australian educational settings, and their content may not be relevant to UK settings and policies. This book should not therefore be a first choice for professionals new to health promotion, but may be useful for postgraduates.


Reviewed by Toni Bewley, senior lecturer, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire

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