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.

Women, Gender and Feminism

Women, gender and feminism


Sociology's early focus on key sites of institutional power such as religion, the law and the corporation meant that women as a group were neglected. This chapter considers how feminism and its development in medical sociology have addressed this deficit to describe the influence of gendered power structures on health and illness. In the aftermath of feminism, women feature as subjects of sociological research, but often with a less than sophisticated theory of gender to underpin a focus on a single gender. Early work in health inequalities tended to explain gendered inequalities in terms of inherent differences between women and men, either in biological or occupational terms, thereby compounding rather than interrogating gender as an immutable category. As ...

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