In contemporary manifestations of public health rituals and
events, people are being increasingly united around what they hold
in commonOCotheir material being and humanity. As a cult of
humanity, public health provides a moral force in society that
replaces OCytraditionalOCO religions in times of great diversity or
heterogeneity of peoples, activities and desires. This is in
contrast to public healthOCOs foundation in science, particularly
the science of epidemiology. The rigid rules of OCyscientific
evidenceOCO used to determine the cause of illness and disease can
work against the most vulnerable in society by putting sectors of
the population, such as underrepresented workers, at a
disadvantage. This study focuses on this tension between
traditional science and the changing vision articulated within
public health (and across many disciplines) that calls for a
collective response to uncontrolled capitalism and unremitting
globalization, and to the way in which health inequalities and
their association with social inequalities provides a political
rhetoric that calls for a new redistributive social programme.
Drawing on decades of research, the author argues that public
health is both a cult and a science of contemporary society."
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