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`An intelligent and informed account of medical sociology. Simon Williams has produced an original and comprehensive sociological statement of the centrality of the body to an understanding of medicine, health and illness. His scope is impressive... It will shape future teaching and research in the field of health and illness' - Bryan S Turner, Professor of Sociology, University of Cambridge This is a clear, well-written account of medicine, health and the body. Taking recent debates on the body and society as its point of departure, the book critically reexamines a series of embodied issues and emotional agendas in health and illness. Included here are cutting edge discussions and debates concerning: - the medicalized body - health inequalities - childhood and ageing - the dilemmas of high-tech medicine - chronic illness and disability - caring and (bio)ethics - sleep, death and dying - the body in late/postmodernity Written in an accessible, engaging style, with many original and innovative insights, the book will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students alike, and to researchers and lecturers with an interest in the embodied agendas of health and medicine in the new millennium.

‘Structuring’ Bodies: Emotions, Inequalities and Health
‘Structuring’ bodies: Emotions, inequalities and health

Much has been written about inequalities in health over the years, within and beyond the confines of medical sociology. This, perhaps, is not surprising, given the lives cut short and the unnecessary suffering inflicted by these inequalities. Inequalities in health indeed, both past and present, provide a key index and graphic testimony of socio-structural arrangements and the cohesion of society: inequalities, quite literally, experienced and expressed through the health and illness of each and every one of us qua embodied agents. This chapter takes a closer look at these issues with particular reference to the embodied relations between emotion, social structure and health. The emphasis, in doing so, as in other chapters, is less ...

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