A Sociology of Health offers an authoritative and up-to-date introduction to the key issues, perspectives, and debates within the field of medical sociology. The book aids readers’ understanding of how sociological approaches are crucial to understanding the impact that health and illness have on the behavior, attitudes, beliefs, and practices, of an increasingly health-aware population.

Medicalisation in a Therapy Culture

Medicalisation in a Therapy Culture

Medicalisation in a therapy culture
  • Medicalisation refers to the process by which everyday experiences become redefined as health problems.
  • Early formulations of the medicalisation thesis viewed it as a conscious strategy adopted by the medical profession to extend its power and influence.
  • The diminution of professional dominance, coupled with the emergence of new forms of medicalisation which are largely independent of the profession has led to medicalisation being reformulated as a broader cultural dynamic.
  • Where an earlier generation bridled against the intrusion of medicine into everyday life, there is now a growing tendency to normalise illness and seek therapeutic intervention as a means of defining and validating identity.

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