Suffering: A Sociological Introduction / Edition 1by Iain Wilkinson
Pub. Date: 12/28/2005
Wilkinson (sociology, U. of Kent) describes the sociology of human suffering and its political and moral repercussions, starting by describing what suffering is within a social context, examining classical and new approaches to suffering, appraising how modern lay people and practitioners have come to feel about the social aspects of suffering, the efforts to bring awareness of suffering and their various effects, and the work to mediate suffering and develop an "internationalization of conscience." He closes by offering ways to develop a critical sociology of suffering that works on practical as well as theoretical levels. Distributed in the US by Blackwell Publishers. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements.
1 Introduction: Suffering, Social Science and the Challenge to Sociology.
2 What is Suffering?
3 Our Classical Heritage.
4 Social Suffering: A Critical Appraisal.
5 The Problem of Suffering and our Feeling for Humanity.
6 Mediatized Suffering: Prospects for the Internationalisation of Conscience.
7 Towards a Critical Sociology of Suffering.
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