Medical Power and Social Knowledge

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Sage Publications, Oct 20, 1995 - Medical - 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. Bryan 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 problem of health at three levels - the individual, the social and the societal. Among the perspectives analysed are Parsons' view of the 'sick role' and the patient's relation to society; Foucault's critique of medical models of madness and sexuality; Marxist and feminist debates on the relation of health and medicine to capitalism and patriarchy; and the contribution of Beck to the sociological understanding of environmental pollution and hazard in the politics of health.

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Contents

Concepts of Disease and Sickness
37
Social Organization of Medical Power
129
Capitalism class and illness
167
Copyright

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About the author (1995)

Bryan S. Turner is Presidential Professor of Sociology at thBryan S. Turner is Presidential Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School and Dire City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School and Director of the Committee on Religion. He is a prominent figureector of the Committee on Religion. He is a prominent figure in the field of the sociology of religion and editor of The in the field of the sociology of religion and editor of The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology (2006). Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology (2006).

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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