Medical power and social knowledge

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Sage Publications, 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. 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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Concepts of Disease and Sickness
Social Organization of Medical Power

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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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