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Prologue: Sociology, Medicine and Medical Sociology
Prologue: Sociology, medicine and medical sociology

Do all disciplines fret over the state of their own intellectual and policy-relevant health? Is it a symptom of our hyper-reflexive and confessional times that collective anxiety has to be rehearsed over the track record, and present and projected performance of a group of scholars? Medical sociology's lengthy reflections on the state of its own practice are recognizable as part of a more general trend, whereby the certainties of bodies of knowledge and the limits of disciplinary boundaries have been undermined in the light of post-structuralist thought. As sociology examines the social construction of various forms of knowledge, in particular socio-cultural contexts, how could its practitioners avoid turning the analysis on itself? Sociology's particular ...

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