Medicine and the Body

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Overview

'An intelligent and informed account of medical sociology. Simon Williams has produced an original and comprehensive sociological statement of the centrality of the body to an understanding of medicine, health and illness. His scope is impressive... It will shape future teaching and research in the field of health and illness' - Bryan S Turner, Professor of Sociology, University of Cambridge

This is a clear, well-written account of medicine, health and the body. Taking recent debates on the body and society as its point of departure, the book critically reexamines a series of embodied issues and emotional agendas in health and illness. Included here are cutting edge discussions and debates concerning:

- the medicalized body

- health inequalities

- childhood and ageing

- the dilemmas of high-tech medicine

- chronic illness and disability

- caring and (bio)ethics

- sleep, death and dying

- the body in late/postmodernity

Written in an accessible, engaging style, with many original and innovative insights, the book will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students alike, and to researchers and lecturers with an interest in the embodied agendas of health and medicine in the new millennium.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761956389
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/21/2003
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Williams is a Professor in Sociology. His research to date falls into three main interrelated areas of sociology and politics pertaining to: (i) health, emotion, sleep and the body (ii) bioscience, biomedicine and biotechnology (iii) media, popular culture and everyday life. He has been particularly active in recent years in developing with colleagues sociological and interdisciplinary agendas at the sleep, health and society interface. He also has newly emerging research interests, through this recent work, in time and social change, as well as longstanding interests in social theory, psychoanalysis and the politics of affect, and methodological expertise in both quantitative and qualitative social research, including multi-strategy research.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Medical Sociology in the New Millennium
The Biomedical Body
Reductionism, Constructionism and Beyond
What Is Health? Thinking through the Boundaries of the Body
'Structuring' Bodies
Emotions, Inequalities and Health
Children, Ageing and Health
Bodies across the Lifecourse
Bodily Dys-Order
Chronic Illness a Biographical Disruption?
Dormant/Mortal Bodies
Sleep, Death and Dying in Late/Postmodernity
Reason, Emotion and 'Mental' Health
Where Do We Draw the Line?
Hi-Tech Bodies
From Corporeality to Hyperreality?
Caring Bodies/Embodied Ethics
Conclusions
The Challenges Ahead

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