Social Movements in Health / Edition 1

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Overview

This book represents the first collection of research on health social movements.

  • Demonstrates that health social movements are an innovative and powerful form of political action.
  • Brings together the study of health and illness with social movement theory in order to establish a basis for the study of health social movements.
  • Covers disease-based movements focused on diseases such as Alzheimer’s and breast cancer.
  • Also addresses issue-based movements such as the pro-choice movement, the movement for complementary and alternative medicine, and movements around stem cell research.
  • Illustrates the value of interdisciplinary approaches to studying health social movements.
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Meet the Author

Phil Brown is Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Brown University. He is the author of No Safe Place: Toxic Waste, Leukemia, and Community Action (1990) and co-editor of Illness and the Environment: A Reader in Contested Medicine (2000).

Stephen Zavestoski is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of San Francisco. His work has appeared in journals such as Science, Technology and Human Values, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Sociology of Health and Illness, Social Science Computer Review, and Organization and Environment.

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Table of Contents

1 Social movements in health : an introduction 1
2 Medical modernisation, scientific research fields and the epistemic politics of health social movements 17
3 The dynamic interplay between Western medicine and the complementary and alternative medicine movement : how activists perceive a range of responses from physicians and hospitals 31
4 Health consumer groups in the UK : a new social movement? 57
5 Regenerating movements : embryonic stem cells and the politics of potentiality 77
6 Uneasy allies : pro-choice physicians, feminist health activists and the struggle for abortion rights 94
7 Advocating voice : organisational, historical and social milieux of the Alzheimer's disease movement 115
8 Framing as a cultural resource in health social movements : funding activism and the breast cancer movement in the US 1990-1993 137
9 Breast cancer in two regimes : the impact of social movements on illness experience 161
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