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How do we understand health in relation to society? What role does culture play in shaping our experiences of, and orientation to, health and illness? How do we understand medicine and medical treatment within a sociological framework?

Clare WilliamsSteven P. Wainwright

Sociology has had a long and distinguished engagement with normative issues, that is, with what ought to be done. Indeed, the notion of not just understanding the world but also changing it is central to the disciplinary ethos of sociology. From this perspective, ‘doing sociology’ is an ethical project. However, the relationship between sociology and ethics has come to mean something much narrower. Bioethics is now a growing topic of sociological investigation, and this research can be conveniently divided into two ...

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