Deviance and Medicalization : From Badness to Sickness / Edition 2

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This classic text on the nature of deviance, originally published in 1980, is now reissued with a new Afterword by the authors. In this new edition of their award-winning book, Conrad and Schneider investigate the origins and contemporary consequences of the medicalization of deviance. They examine specific cases—madness, alcoholism, opiate addiction, homosexuality, delinquency, and child abuse—and draw out their theoretical and policy implications. In a new chapter, the authors address developments in the last decade—including AIDS, domestic violence, co-dependency, hyperactivity in children, and learning disabilities—and they discuss the fate of medicalization in the 1990s with the changes in medicine and continued restrictions on social services.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[It] should become a standard text in the study of deviance definitions an the starting point for the resolution of such problems as the definition and causes of medicalization and its interrelationship with other trends in social control."
Contemporary Sociology

"Deviance and Medicalization is excellent...a worthwhile book for colleagues as well as for students."
Qualitative Sociology

"An excellent text for sociology of medicine, social problems and deviance courses...a particularly apt choice in social science courses in medical schools."
Social Science and Medicine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877229995
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Edition description: ENL
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 263
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Conrad is Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University. He has also co-edited Health and Health Care In Developing Countries (Temple) with Eugene B. Gallagher.

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Table of Contents

1 Deviance, definitions, and the medical profession 1
2 From badness to sickness: changing designations of deviance and social control 17
3 Medical model of madness: the emergence of mental illness 38
4 Alcoholism: drunkenness, inebriety, and the disease concept 73
5 Opiate addiction: the fall and rise of medical involvement 110
6 Children and medicalization: delinquency, hyperactivity, and child abuse 145
7 Homosexuality: from sin to sickness to life-style 172
8 Medicine and crime: the search for the born criminal and the medical control of criminality 215
9 Medicine as an institution of social control: consequences for society 241
10 A theoretical statement on the medicalization of deviance 261
Afterword: Deviance and medicalization: a decade later 277
Bibliography 293
Author index 311
Subject index 317
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