The fully revised edition of this successful textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to medical sociology and an assessment of its significance for social theory and the social sciences. It includes a completely revised chapter on mental health and new chapters on the sociology of the body and on the relationship between health and risk in contemporary societies. Bryan S Turner considers the ways in which different social theorists have interpreted the experience of health and disease, and the social relations and power structures involved in medical practice. He examines health as an aspect of social action and looks at the subject of health at three levels - the individual, the social and the societal. Among the pe

Risk Society and the New Regime of Disease

Risk Society and the New Regime of Disease

Risk society and the new regime of disease

Medical Power and Social Knowledge was published in 1987 and written as a series of lectures between 1982 and 1986. A number of major changes have taken place in the world social system since 1987 which have transformed the everyday reality in which we exist, thereby making many of the ideas and arguments of the original text obsolete or indeed redundant. In this new version of Medical Power and Social Knowledge I have attempted to bring the book up to date through an extensive revision. It is, however, interesting and important to reflect upon the changes to the modern world which have occurred since 1987. From the point of view ...

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