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Medical Power and Social Knowledge
     

Medical Power and Social Knowledge

by Bryan S Turner
 

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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

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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. This new edition 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803975989
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
10/20/1995
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Bryan S. Turner is Professor of Sociology in the Asian Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore. Previously he was Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge from 1998-2005. His research interests include globalization and religion, concentrating on such issues as religious conflict and the modern state, religious authority and electronic information, religious, consumerism and youth cultures, human rights and religion, the human body, medical change, and religious cosmologies. He is Joint Chief Editor of the journal Citizenship Studies and serves on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals.

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