Health, Medicine, and Society: Key Theories, Future Agendas

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Simon Johnson Williams, Jonathan Gabe, Michael Calnan
Routledge, 2000 - Health & Fitness - 366 pages
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Taking as its point of departure recent developments in health and social theory Health, Medicine and Society brings together a range of eminent, international scholars to reflect upon key issues at the turn of the century.
Contributors draw upon a range of contemporary theories, both modernist and postmodernist, to look at the following themes:
*health and social structure
*the contested nature of the body
*the salience of consumption and risk
*the challenge of emotions
Health, Medicine and Society provides a 'state-of-the-art' assessment of health related issues at the millennium and a cogent set of arguments for the centrality of health to contemporary social theory. Written in a clear, accessible style it will be ideal reading for students and researchers in health studies, public health, medical sociology, medicine and nursing.

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Williams is co-editor of Emotions in Social Life.

Stefan Timmermans is Associate Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University. His interests include death and dying, healthcare technologies and standardisation. He is the author of "Sudden Death and the Myth of CPR" (Temple, 1999) and co-author (with Marc Berg) of "The Gold Standard: A Sociological Exploration of Evidence-Based Medicine and Standardization in Health Care" (Temple, forthcoming).

Jonathan Gabe is Reader of Social and Political Science at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests include health care organisation, chronic illness and mental health. He is the author of "Going Private" (with Michael Calnan and Sarah Cant) (Open University Press, 1993) and a number of edited collections including "Medicine, Health and Risk" (Blackwell, 1995), "Health and Sociology of Emotions" (with Veronica James) (Blackwell, 1996) and "Theorising Health, Medicine and Society" (with Simon Williams and Michael Calnan) (Routledge, 2000).

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