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Overview

This book establishes the voice of medical sociology in key debates in the social sciences. Concerning modernity, postmodernity, structuralism and poststructuralism issues covered include:

• disease and medicine in postmodern times

• gender, health and the feminist debate on the postmodern

• ageing, the lifecourse and the sociology of health and ageing

• medicine and complementary medicine

• death in postmodernity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415149396
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Scambler is Reader in Sociology and Director of the Unit of Medical Sociology at University College London. Paul Higgs is Lecturer in Medical Sociology also at University College London.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction
1 Postmodernity and health 1
2 The promise of postmodernism for the sociology of health and medicine 29
3 Medical sociology and modernity: reflections on the public sphere and the roles of intellectuals and social critics 46
4 Issues at the interface of medical sociology and public health 66
5 Explaining health inequalities: how useful are concepts of social class? 82
6 Gender, health and the feminist debate on postmodernism 100
7 In search of the 'missing body': pain, suffering and the (post)modern condition 125
8 Ageing, the lifecourse and the sociology of embodiment 147
9 Risk, governmentality and the reconceptualization of citizenship 176
10 Medicine and complementary medicine: challenge and change 198
11 Postmodern adventures of life and death 216
Index 233
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