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.

Ethnicity, Racism and Difference

Ethnicity, racism and difference


As has been examined in preceding chapters, the effect of social stratification on health and longevity is a key area of research for sociological approaches to health and illness. This chapter explores how ethnicity and racism have emerged as dimensions of stratification in the social relations of health along with class (Chapter 3) and gender (Chapter 4). The different ways in which ethnic or racial inequalities in health have been addressed in the UK and the USA are related to the conceptualizations of migration, cultural difference and hierarchies of class and race that have informed research. The cultural context of research is a key aspect of understanding what questions can and cannot be asked, let alone answered. The ...

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