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dc.contributor.authorSavona, Natalie
dc.contributor.authorThompson, Claire
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Dianna
dc.contributor.authorCummins, Steven
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-03T00:12:03Z
dc.date.available2020-06-03T00:12:03Z
dc.date.issued2020-04-30
dc.identifier.citationSavona , N , Thompson , C , Smith , D & Cummins , S 2020 , ' ‘Complexity’ as a rhetorical smokescreen for UK public health inaction on diet ' , Critical Public Health . https://doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2020.1755421
dc.identifier.issn0958-1596
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-0864-9811/work/75203115
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/22802
dc.description© 2020 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Critical Public Health on 30 Apr 2020, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2020.1755421.
dc.description.abstract‘Complexity’ is theorised as a characteristic of modern food systems that poses a challenge to improving population diets. This paper seeks to explore the discursive deployment of ‘complexity’ in the context of public health. Doing so helps inform a more critical assessment of commercial and political determinants of health, and of ‘complexity’ as a prevailing frame for public health issues. Qualitative methods were used to explore ‘responsibility’ for healthy eating in the food system in the United Kingdom. Discourse analysis was conducted on corporate and government documents, and interviews with industry and government stakeholders. The aim was to examine the implications of ‘complexity’ within discourses of dietary public health. ‘Complexity’ was used not only to characterise dietary public health problems but also as a rhetorical device in public health narratives. It performed two main discursive functions: firstly, to represent diet-health problems as so multi-layered and difficult that they are intractable. Secondly, and despite this acknowledged complexity, to deflect from food system actions for improving diet to ‘simpler’ and non-food interventions, by industry and government. These uses of ‘complexity’ serve to attribute primary responsibility to individuals for dietary choice and to obscure inaction by government and industry, who have most control over the determinants of those choices. In short, ‘complexity’ can be used discursively to generate a smokescreen masking policy inaction in addressing public health problems.en
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofCritical Public Health
dc.subjectDiet
dc.subjectcomplexity
dc.subjecthealth policy
dc.subjectinequalities
dc.subjectpublic health
dc.subjectPublic Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
dc.title‘Complexity’ as a rhetorical smokescreen for UK public health inaction on dieten
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Health and Social Work
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Research in Public Health and Community Care
dc.contributor.institutionCommunities, Young People and Family Lives
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
dc.date.embargoedUntil2021-04-30
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