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November 11, 1998

HealthHealth: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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edited by Alan Radley, quarterly, $54 (individuals), $192 (institutions), Thousand Oaks, Calif, Sage Publications, 1997.

JAMA. 1998;280(18):1636. doi:10.1001/jama.280.18.1636-JBK1111-6-1

This new interdisciplinary venture was launched on July 1997 as a journal "dealing with the social scientific study of health, illness and medicine." Over 30 scholars affiliated with universities in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States comprise the editorial board. Its audience appears to be academics in the social sciences, health practitioners, and others seeking a postindustrial perspective on health.

Editor Alan Radley (Loughborough University, UK) and coeditors Deborah Lupton and Christian Ritter (Charles Sturt University, Australia, and Kent State University, Ohio, respectively) discuss the rationale and philosophy of the new journal in the inaugural issue. They invite scholars wishing to publish outside their traditional disciplines to submit manuscripts, particularly those interested in social and cultural theories. Unfortunately, the purpose of this new journal does not become readily evident because academic jargon clouds the discussion. The reader wrestles with theoretical concepts, such as poststructuralism, late modernity, salutogenesis, and queer theory. Those not versed in the language of postmodernism thus find it challenging to understand the objectives.

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