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Pioneering Health in London, 1935-2000

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The Peckham Experiment, conducted between 1935 and 1950 in the London Pioneer Health Centre, was one of the most talked-about soc... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

The Peckham Experiment, conducted between 1935 and 1950 in the London Pioneer Health Centre, was one of the most talked-about social experiments of the 20th century. Families from the South London neighbourhood of Peckham were invited to use the facilities of a radiantly modern building. They were encouraged to freely choose and organize their leisure activities, taking advantage of a swimming pool, a gymnasium, and a self-service cafeteria. In doing so, both their health status and interaction with other members of the nascent centre-community were closely observed by a team of physicians.

The first research monograph on the history of the experiment building on archival sources, this book combines a micro-historical perspective with methods from the history of science. It shows how bio-medical holism and evolutionary theories typical of the interwar years informed research on social life in the centre. But it also reveals that the "guinea pigs", too, were trying to make sense of the research they were taking part in. The outcome was an ambiguous social laboratory that generated new insights into the power of social groups to self-organize, which were soon discussed all over the world - and continue to haunt British political debates today.



Autorentext

David Kuchenbuch is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Pioneering Health in London, 1935-2000
Untertitel: The Peckham Experiment
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EAN: 9781351757768
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Hersteller: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Genre: Gesundheit
Anzahl Seiten: 210
Veröffentlichung: 25.10.2018