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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.

Children, Ageing and Health: Bodies Across the Lifecourse
Children, ageing and health: Bodies across the lifecourse

An adequate sociological engagement with embodiment must inevitably, at some point, confront the twin issues of growing up and growing old. Like bodies in general, however, it is only recently that a sustained sociological focus on childhood and ageing, themselves distinct bodies of literature and sub-branches of sociology, has emerged.

Studying these issues has a number of payoffs, within and beyond the sociology of health and illness. Firstly, it draws attention to the limits and (adult-centric) blind spots of past sociological scholarship and debate, helping redress and re-embody these agendas along the way. Secondly, it again throws into critical relief the need to rethink relations between the biological and the social, ...

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