The emergence of key concepts in Reinhart Koselleck's sense has been much discussed in conceptual history, but mainly for the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The article documents a post–World War II emergence of the concept of health, from relative anonymity to becoming a key concept, comparable to concepts such as politics, democracy, and culture. While previous research has emphasized conceptual mobility, this article focuses on conceptual aggregation, where the concept of health assembles and assimilates meanings, becoming essential to discourse. This is explained with reference to the development of the welfare state and the political use of a positive, expanded health concept. The article utilizes a collocation analysis of Norwegian digitized newspapers 1950–2010, culled from the uniquely extensive database of the Norwegian National Library.
Anne Helene Kveim Lie is Associate Professor of Medical History at the University of Oslo. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lars G. Johnsen is Research Librarian at the National Library of Norway. E-mail: email@example.com
Helge Jordheim is Professor of Cultural History at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Espen Ytreberg is Professor of Media Studies at the Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo. ORCID: 0000-0003-2164-9362. E-mail: email@example.com