9: Health and well-being

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As community workers we are interested in the non-medical or social determinants of health like income, housing and education. Inequalities in these determinants will lead to health inequalities, which will be the focus of our work in this area. But health can also mean different things to different people, a particular challenge when working with partners from different professional backgrounds. This chapter argues that theory, from Adorno to Foucault, is key to engaging critically with these different discourses of health and how they embody power. Community voice and community-led health are explored as addressing these power inequalities. The importance of theory is emphasised through a discussion of loneliness which uses the ideas of Arendt to argue that loneliness is as much a political issue as a social one.

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