Balancing the Self explores the diverse ways in which balanced and unbalanced selfhoods have been subject to construction, intervention and challenge across the long twentieth century. Chapters on diabetes, 'sensible drinking', obesity control, dietetic regulation, fatigue, heart disease, physical and emotional extremes, Parkinson's disease and other conditions understood in terms of disordered balance analyse the ways in which the mechanisms and meanings of balance have been framed historically. Together, contributions examine the positive narratives that have been attached to the ideals and practices of `self-help', and the extent to which rhetorics of empowerment and responsibility have been used for a variety of purposes, from disciplining bodies to cutting social security provision. -- .
Introduction 1 Balancing the self in the twentieth century - Mark Jackson and Martin D. Moore Part I: Configuring Balance 2 Balance and the 'good' diabetic in Britain, c.1900-1960 - Martin D. Moore 3 From the alcoholic to the sensible drinker: alcohol health education campaigns in Britain - Alex Mold 4 `Look After Yourself': visualising obesity as a public health concern in 1970s and 1980s Britain - Jane Hand Part II: Regulating Imbalance 5 Self-help and self-promotion: dietary advice and agency in North America and Britain - Nicos Kefalas 6 Your life in your hands: teaching `relaxed living' in post-war Britain - Ayesha Nathoo 7 Pilot fatigue and the regulation of airline schedules in post-war Britain - Natasha Feiner Part III: Reconfiguring Balance 8 Extreme acts: narratives of balance and moderation at the limits of human performance - Vanessa Heggie 9 Self-help, marriage guidance and the making of the midlife crisis - Mark Jackson 10 Balancing contested meanings of creativity and pathology in Parkinson's Disease - Dorothy Porter 11 Conclusion: Balance, malleability and anthropology: historical contexts - Chris Millard -- .