Suffering: A Sociological Introduction

Suffering: A Sociological Introduction

by Iain Wilkinson
     
 

In Suffering Iain Wilkinson provides a compelling sociological exploration of human suffering, and its political and moral repercussions.

Sociology is always concerned with the causes and consequences of human suffering in one form or another, yet there is no sociology of suffering per se. This book is written with the understanding that if sociology fails

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In Suffering Iain Wilkinson provides a compelling sociological exploration of human suffering, and its political and moral repercussions.

Sociology is always concerned with the causes and consequences of human suffering in one form or another, yet there is no sociology of suffering per se. This book is written with the understanding that if sociology fails to attend to what suffering does to people then it is left with a severely diminished account of human experience. Wilkinson maintains that a sociological response to suffering must confront the most unsettling questions of meaning and morality. He argues that the apparent 'senselessness' of suffering has the power to transform dramatically the ways we relate to society and ourselves. The book explores some of the ways in which our sensitivity towards this 'problem of suffering' is related to a new 'politics of compassion' in modern societies.

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 'decorativesocial theory' to engage in a highly sensitive and intelligentmanner with a central aspect of the human condition. Dr Wilkinson'sbrave and timely book should be read not just by all students ofsociological theory but also by those many thoughtful people whoare pained , angry or bemused by man's inhumaity to man."
—Professor Ray Pahl, University of Essex

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745631974
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,335,997
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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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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