Theorising lifestyle drift in health promotion: explaining community and voluntary sector engagement practices in disadvantaged areas

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620573
Title:
Theorising lifestyle drift in health promotion: explaining community and voluntary sector engagement practices in disadvantaged areas
Authors:
Powell, Katie; Thurston, Miranda; Bloyce, Daniel ( 0000-0003-4114-3588 )
Abstract:
The past two decades have seen an increasing role for the UK community and voluntary sector (CVS) in health promotion in disadvantaged areas, largely based on assumptions on the part of funders that CVS providers are better able to engage ‘hard-to-reach’ population groups in services than statutory providers. However, there is limited empirical research exploring CVS provider practices in this field. Using ethnographic data this paper examines the experiences of a network of CVS providers seeking to engage residents in health promoting community services in a disadvantaged region in the North of England. The paper shows how CVS providers engaged in apparently contradictory practices, fluctuating between an empathically informed response to complex resident circumstances and (in the context of meeting externally set targets) behavioural lifestyle approaches to health promotion. Drawing on concepts from figurational sociology, the paper explains how lifestyle drift occurs in health promotion as a result of the complex web of relations (with funders, commissioners and residents) in which CVS providers are embedded. Despite the fact that research has revealed the impact of targets on the work of the CVS before, this paper demonstrates more specifically the way in which monitoring processes within CVS contracts can draw providers into the neoliberal lifestyle discourse so prevalent in health promotion.
Affiliation:
University of Sheffield, Hedmark University College, University of Chester
Citation:
Powell, K, Thurston, M. & Bloyce, D. (2017). Theorising lifestyle drift in health promotion: explaining community and voluntary sector engagement practices in disadvantaged areas, Critical Public Health (CCPH).
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
Critical Public Health (CCPH)
Publication Date:
24-Jul-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620573
DOI:
10.1080/09581596.2017.1356909
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Public Health (CCPH) on 24/7/2017, available online: doi:10.1080/09581596.2017.1356909
ISSN:
0958-1596
EISSN:
1469-3682
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Sport and Exercise Sciences

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dc.contributor.authorPowell, Katieen
dc.contributor.authorThurston, Mirandaen
dc.contributor.authorBloyce, Danielen
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-26T08:47:10Z-
dc.date.available2017-07-26T08:47:10Z-
dc.date.issued2017-07-24-
dc.identifier.citationPowell, K, Thurston, M. & Bloyce, D. (2017). Theorising lifestyle drift in health promotion: explaining community and voluntary sector engagement practices in disadvantaged areas, Critical Public Health (CCPH).en
dc.identifier.issn0958-1596en
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09581596.2017.1356909-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620573-
dc.descriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Public Health (CCPH) on 24/7/2017, available online: doi:10.1080/09581596.2017.1356909en
dc.description.abstractThe past two decades have seen an increasing role for the UK community and voluntary sector (CVS) in health promotion in disadvantaged areas, largely based on assumptions on the part of funders that CVS providers are better able to engage ‘hard-to-reach’ population groups in services than statutory providers. However, there is limited empirical research exploring CVS provider practices in this field. Using ethnographic data this paper examines the experiences of a network of CVS providers seeking to engage residents in health promoting community services in a disadvantaged region in the North of England. The paper shows how CVS providers engaged in apparently contradictory practices, fluctuating between an empathically informed response to complex resident circumstances and (in the context of meeting externally set targets) behavioural lifestyle approaches to health promotion. Drawing on concepts from figurational sociology, the paper explains how lifestyle drift occurs in health promotion as a result of the complex web of relations (with funders, commissioners and residents) in which CVS providers are embedded. Despite the fact that research has revealed the impact of targets on the work of the CVS before, this paper demonstrates more specifically the way in which monitoring processes within CVS contracts can draw providers into the neoliberal lifestyle discourse so prevalent in health promotion.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTaylor and Francisen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectCommunity and voluntary sectoren
dc.subjectneoliberalisationen
dc.subjectfigurational sociologyen
dc.subjectcommunity engagementen
dc.subjecthealth inequalityen
dc.subjectdisadvantaged areasen
dc.titleTheorising lifestyle drift in health promotion: explaining community and voluntary sector engagement practices in disadvantaged areasen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1469-3682en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Sheffield, Hedmark University College, University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalCritical Public Health (CCPH)en
dc.date.accepted2017-07-15-
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