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

The Expanding Field of the Sociology of the Body

The expanding field of the sociology of the body

Throughout this study, I have argued that the sociology of the body is an essential foundation for medical sociology. However, the sociology of the body is still an expanding field of theoretical and empirical interest. When The Body and Society was first published in 1984 it was possible for me to argue that the human body was a topic or theme which had been systematically and seriously neglected in the social sciences, particularly in the sociology of modern culture. However, throughout the 1980s and 1990s a number of books have been published which have both problematized the body as a topic in social theory and also recognised the ...

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