Suffering: A Sociological Introduction / Edition 1

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In Suffering Iain Wilkinson provides a compelling sociological exploration of human suffering, and its political and moral repercussions. Powerful and timely, the book will have strong appeal to upper-level undergraduate students of sociology, anthropology, health, politics, and cultural studies, in addition to general readers concerned to understand one of the most pressing issues of our time.
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"At last here is a serious attempt to move beyond mere 'decorative social theory' to engage in a highly sensitive and intelligent manner with a central aspect of the human condition. Dr Wilkinson's brave and timely book should be read not just by all students of sociological theory but also by those many thoughtful people who are pained , angry or bemused by man's inhumaity to man."
—Professor Ray Pahl, University of Essex
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745631967
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Iain Wilkinson is Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : suffering, social science and the challenge to sociology 1
2 What is suffering? 16
3 Our classical heritage 46
4 Social suffering : a critical appraisal 79
5 Feeling for humanity 108
6 Mediatized suffering and the internationalization of conscience 136
7 Towards a critical sociology of suffering 157
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