Medicine as Culture: Illness, Disease and the Body in Western Societies / Edition 2

Medicine as Culture: Illness, Disease and the Body in Western Societies / Edition 2

by Deborah Lupton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761940308

ISBN-13: 9780761940302

Pub. Date: 02/16/2004

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Medicine as Culture provides a broad overview of the way medicine is experienced, perceived and socially constructed in Western societies. Deborah Lupton cogently links the different theoretical perspectives informing scholarship and research directed towards understanding the socio-cultural dimensions of medicine, illness and the body at the end of the twentieth…  See more details below

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Medicine as Culture provides a broad overview of the way medicine is experienced, perceived and socially constructed in Western societies. Deborah Lupton cogently links the different theoretical perspectives informing scholarship and research directed towards understanding the socio-cultural dimensions of medicine, illness and the body at the end of the twentieth century. At a time of increasing disillusionment with scientific medicine and the mythology of the beneficent, god-like physician, there is also - paradoxically - a growing dependence on biomedicine to provide the answers to social as well as medical problems. This book illuminates why attitudes to medicine are characterized by such strong paradoxes, and why issues of disease, illness and the medical encounter are surrounded by controversy, conflict, power struggles and emotion. Integrating cultural studies, social history and contemporary theories of the body, Medicine as Culture will be essential reading for students and academics in the sociology of health and illness, the sociology of consumption and everyday life, medical anthropology, the history of medicine, health communication, women's studies, nursing studies and cultural studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761940302
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
02/16/2004
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
202
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Theoretical Perspectives on Medicine and Society5
2The Body in Medicine22
3Representations of Medicine, Illness and Disease in Elite and Popular Culture54
4The Lay Perspective on Illness and Disease84
5Power Relations and the Medical Encounter113
6Feminisms and Medicine142
Conclusion173
References175
Index195

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