Sharp, bold and engaging, this book provides a contemporary account of why medical sociology matters in our modern society.

Combining theoretical and empirical perspectives, and applying the pragmatic demands of policy, this timely book explores society's response to key issues such as race, gender and identity to explain the relationship between sociology, medicine and medical sociology.

Each chapter includes an authoritative introduction to pertinent areas of debate, a clear summary of key issues and themes and dedicated bibliography.

Chapters include: social theory and medical sociology; health inequalities; bodies, pain and suffering personal, local and global.

Brimming with fresh interpretations and critical insights this book will contribute to illuminating the practical realities of medical sociology.

This exciting text will be of interest to students of sociology of health and illness, medical sociology, and sociology of the body.

Introducing the Sociology of Medicine, Health and Society

Introducing the Sociology of Medicine, Health and Society

Introducing the sociology of medicine, health and society

In the face of scientific medicine's failure to offer a technique to regulate nature, we remain confronted with the inevitability of sickness, ageing, suffering and death. The democratic welfare state, which offered such hope of health for the masses, has failed to eradicate inequalities and deliver universal social justice in a national setting, and inequity in social life appears inevitable. Sociology retains a conviction that suffering in all its complexity should be kept at the heart of human society's common concerns (Fassin and Reechtman, 2009: 153). However, the means of moving beyond just witnessing or representing the suffering of others, and yet remaining in sociological territory, sometimes seems elusive (Bradby ...

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