lundi 14 novembre 2016

Education à la santé et politiques de relaxation dans l'Angleterre des années 1970

“It does need self-discipline”: Health education, expertise, and the politics of relaxation in 1970s Britain

Lecture by Ayesha Nathoo

QMUL History of the Emotions lunchtime seminar 

Wednesday 16 November at 1pm.

The talk will take place in the Arts Two building (room 3.20), Mile End Campus, London E1 4NS. For directions to Mile End and a campus map, see

In the postwar decades, therapeutic relaxation techniques proliferated as a means of counteracting various maladies commonly associated with the pressures of modern Western living. By the early 1970s in Britain, instruction in neuro-muscular relaxation was widely available through the mass media, self-help books, group classes and in clinical settings. This talk will examine the pedagogy of relaxation, including its material and audio-visual culture. It will ask how practitioners negotiated and communicated their expertise, and how patients learnt and applied the techniques and determined their therapeutic value. In doing so, it will demonstrate how relaxation ideology helped to engender a socio-political shift towards promoting ‘healthy lifestyles’ and individual responsibility for health.

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