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Social Theory and the Sociology of Health and Medicine
Social theory and the sociology of health and medicine
Introduction

Given the broad and eclectic nature of the sociology of health and medicine, any account needs to attend to the substantive research topics as well as the theoretical frameworks that have underpinned or justified the approach to research. As noted in the Prologue, theoretical frameworks derived from sociology (an inherently fragmented discipline [Johnson et al., 1984]) predominate in the sociology of health and medicine. Furthermore, the problem-solving orientation and hybrid disciplinary nature of much research relevant to medical sociology, with its strong empirical tradition, means that a theoretical position is not always explicitly described in published research. Researchers have often taken a very pragmatic approach to theory, picking ...

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