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Citing AIDS, fetal alcohol syndrome, incest, bad relationships, heart disease, nuclear accidents, and other realities of modern industrial life, sociologists challenge the body/mind duality that allows people to adhere to the Rational Choice response: that the individual is responsible for taking risks and avoiding danger. The dozen articles, from a 1991 conference of the British Sociological Association, call for an end to absolving social institutions of responsibility. Available from Ashgate Publishers, Old Post Road, Brookfield, VT 05036. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856283687
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/1992
  • Series: Explorations in Sociology , #43
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 0.04 (w) x 0.04 (h) x 0.04 (d)

Table of Contents

About the editors
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Foreword
1 Introduction 1
2 Health and the social body 8
3 Some problems in the development of a sociology of accidents 19
4 The idea of prevention: A critical review 34
5 Health, harm or happy families? Knowledges of incest in twentieth century parliamentary debates 57
6 The gaze of the counsellors: Discourses of intervention in marriage 74
7 'To hell with tomorrow': Coronary heart disease risk and the ethnography of fatalism 95
8 More medicalizing of mothers: Foetal alcohol syndrome in the USA and related developments 112
9 'What's your excuse for relapsing?': A critique of recent sexual behaviour studies of gay men 133
10 Quo vadis the special hospitals? 150
11 The social relations of HIV testing technology 168
12 Safety as a social value: A community approach 184
Index 201
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