Medical Power and Social Knowledge (Google eBook)

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SAGE, Oct 20, 1995 - Social Science - 273 pages
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The fully revised edition of this successful textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to medical sociology and an assessment of its significance for social theory and the social sciences. It includes a completely revised chapter on mental health and new chapters on the sociology of the body and on the relationship between health and risk in contemporary societies.

Bryan S Turner considers the ways in which different social theorists have interpreted the experience of health and disease, and the social relations and power structures involved in medical practice. He examines health as an aspect of social action and looks at the subject of health at three levels - the individual, the social and the societal. Among the pe

  

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Contents

Concepts of Disease and Sickness
37
Social Organization of Medical Power
129
society
153
Capitalism class and illness
167
the globalization of medical
191
Conclusion
204
Risk society and the new regime of disease
218
The expanding field of the sociology of the body
228
References
240
Index
265
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About the author (1995)

Bryan S. Turner is Professor of Sociology in the Asian Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore. Previously he was Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge from 1998-2005. His research interests include globalization and religion, concentrating on such issues as religious conflict and the modern state, religious authority and electronic information, religious, consumerism and youth cultures, human rights and religion, the human body, medical change, and religious cosmologies. He is Joint Chief Editor of the journal Citizenship Studies and serves on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals.

Colin Samson is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of American Studies at the University of Essex in Colchester, England. A Way of Life That Does Not Exist received the Pierre Savard Award by the International Council for Canadian Studies in 2006.

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