ISBN-10:
1403936374
ISBN-13:
9781403936370
Pub. Date:
04/15/2007
Publisher:
Macmillan Education UK
Sociologies of Disability and Illness: Contested Ideas in Disability Studies and Medical Sociology / Edition 1

Sociologies of Disability and Illness: Contested Ideas in Disability Studies and Medical Sociology / Edition 1

by C. Thomas

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403936370
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 04/15/2007
Edition description: 2007
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

CAROL THOMAS is Reader in Sociology at the Institute for Health Research, Lancaster University, UK. She is known for her publications in disability studies and medical sociology. She is the author of Female Forms: Experiencing and Understanding Disability (1999).

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     ix
Theoretical Perspectives     1
Introduction: Disciplinary Divides and Definitions     3
Sociologies of Disability, Impairment and Chronic Illness     3
Two Disciplines: An Introductory Sketch     6
Book Structure and Limitations     8
Key Concepts: Definitions     10
Theories and Traditions in Medical Sociology: Illness and Disability as Social Deviance     15
Introduction     15
Structural-Functionalism     16
Interpretative Sociology     19
Conflict Theories: Ideas that Challenge Medicine and Foreground Inequality and Social Conflict     29
Poststructuralist Perspectives     35
A Sociology of Disability...?     39
Summary: Chronic Illness and Disability as Social Deviance     45
Theories and Traditions in Disability Studies: Disability as Social Oppression     49
Introduction     49
Materialist and Marxist Perspectives     51
Poststructuralist Perspectives in Disability Studies     63
Theoretical Engagements with Gender, Difference and Oppression     70
Summary: Disability as Social Oppression     80
Contested Terrain     83
Care and Dependency: ADisciplinary Clash     85
Introduction     85
'Need', 'Care' and 'Dependency': Rising Above Everyday Ideas     86
Disciplinary Engagements with Care and Dependency: The Sociology of Health and Social Care     90
Disciplinary Engagements with Care and Dependency: Disability Studies     96
Episodes of Debate and Disagreement     102
Summary: Care and Dependency     118
The Body: Lost and Found     120
Introduction     120
Disability Studies: The Absent Body?     121
Medical Sociology: Resolutions to the Body Problem     137
Summary and Reflections on Border Crossings     149
Experiencing Disability, Chronic Illness and Other Impairments     154
Introduction     154
The Experiential: Research in Disability Studies and Medical Sociology     160
Recent Signs of Disciplinary Change: Straws in the Wind     170
Summary     176
Towards a Sociology of Disability?     178
What of the Future?     181
Notes     183
References     186
Index     205

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