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Health Inequalities
Health inequalities
Introduction

While sociology's claim on Marx and Engels as founding fathers and its interest in social structures and the production and maintenance of social hierarchy are indisputable, the sociology of health and medicine, like its parent discipline, lacks a unity of analytic perspective (Gerhardt, 1989: xxii). Surveys often list the theoretical perspectives that can be shown to underpin or justify medical sociology's main approaches to research and the current book makes no claims to originality in this respect (see Chapter 2). The difficulty of using theoretical paradigms as the framework for an exploration of medical sociology is that the applied nature of much of the research reduces the prominence of the theoretical position adopted relative to other aspects of the work, such as ...

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