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The New Medical Sociology : Social Forms of Health and Illness - Bryan Turner

The New Medical Sociology

Social Forms of Health and Illness


Published: 9th September 2004
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The author, Bryan Turner, examines how macro processes like globalization, risk, economic deregulation, and technological change shape personal experiences of health and illness. Addressing key topics in contemporary sociology such as the body, power, and knowledge, Turner sets out to rethink medical sociology as an exciting perspective on the principal transformations of modern society. In this broad historical and sociological work, Turner asks and answers how economic changes of recent decades have undermined both social cohesion and the conditions that promote good health. He explores the macro-level importance of social capital (people's involvement or investments in society), inequality, and citizenship rights in his explanation of health and illness in modern societies, and examines at the micro level embodiment (our relationship to our own bodies) in narratives of illness. The New Medical Sociology is part of the Contemporary Societies series.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Health and Social Capitalp. 3
The Social Construction of Knowledgep. 36
Disease and Culturep. 82
Time, Self, and Disruptionp. 131
Reshaping Health and Illnessp. 163
Gender, Sexuality, and the Bodyp. 191
Health, Risk, and Globalizationp. 230
The New Medical Sociologyp. 270
Referencesp. 315
Indexp. 339
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ISBN: 9780393975055
ISBN-10: 0393975053
Series: Contemporary Societies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 9th September 2004
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.0  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1