Medical Power and Social Knowledge / Edition 2

Medical Power and Social Knowledge / Edition 2

by Bryan S Turner
ISBN-10:
0803975996
ISBN-13:
9780803975996
Pub. Date:
10/20/1995
Publisher:
SAGE Publications

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Medical Power and Social Knowledge / Edition 2

The fully revised edition of this successful textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to medical sociology and an assessment of its significance for social theory and the social sciences. It includes a completely revised chapter on mental health and new chapters on the sociology of the body and on the relationship between health and risk in contemporary societies.

Bryan S Turner considers the ways in which different social theorists have interpreted the experience of health and disease, and the social relations and power structures involved in medical practice. He examines health as an aspect of social action and looks at the subject of health at three levels - the individual, the social and the societal. Among the pe

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ISBN-13: 9780803975996
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 10/20/1995
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Medical Sociology
Religion and Medicine
From Sin to Sickness
PART TWO: CONCEPTS OF DISEASE AND SICKNESS
On Being Sick
Madness and Psychiatry - Colin Samson
Women's Complaints
Patriarchy and Illness
Aging, Dying and Death
PART THREE: SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF MEDICAL POWER
Professions, Knowledge and Power
Medical Bureaucracies
The Hospital, the Clinic and Modern Society
Capitalism, Class and Illness
Comparative Health Systems
The Globalization of Medical Power
PART FOUR: CONCLUSION
The Regulation of Bodies
Risk Society and the New Regime of Disease
The Expanding Field of the Sociology of the Body

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