Health, Technology and Society: A Sociological Critique

Health, Technology and Society: A Sociological Critique

by Andrew Webster


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Examines a range of current innovative health technologies, exploring how far they change the boundaries between the body, health, technology relationship, and assessing the contribution a critical social science can make towards our understanding of this shift.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403995254
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 09/15/2007
Edition description: 2007
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

ANDREW WEBSTER is Director of the Science and Technology Studies Unit and Head of Department of Sociology at the University of York, UK. He directed the ESRC/MRC Innovative Health Technologies Programme and now is national co-ordinator of the ESRC's Stem Cells initiative. He held an ANU Research Fellowship to Australia in 2006. He is the author of many books and articles. Recent publications include Contested Futures: Mobilising tomorrow's science and technology, Introductory Sociology (Palgrave), Science Technology & Society: New Directions (Palgrave), and New Medical Technologies and Society: Reordering Life.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Understanding Innovative Health Technologies.- The Dynamics of Biomedical Innovation.- Corporate Health, Markets and Regulation.- Body, Identity and the Meaning of Health.- Managing and Governing New Health Technologies.- The Contested Sick Role.- Conclusion: Novel Technologies, New Social Relations?.

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Shortlisted for the BSA Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize. I believe Andrew Webster's Health, Technology and Society...has the potential to entice and enthuse readers into the challenging world of the sociology of medical science and technology...It offers readers not only an overview of significant changes in the relationship between health care and technology but also a conceptual vocabulary and perspective to understand those changes.' - Sociology of Health and Illness

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