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.




The survey of sociological approaches to health and medicine presented in the preceding chapters has, of course, omitted as much as it has included. And exclusions, whether deliberate or through oversight, create a story as much as what is included. Omissions notwithstanding, this book has discussed a range of work, interrogating the social relations of health in terms of the interests of labour, capital, the professions and the state, which employs a range of methods and theoretical interests. What counts as sociology goes all the way from the social end of epidemiology to the philosophical leanings of social theory, and the breadth of this range is part of a persistent uncertainty as to whether sociology (let alone a sociology of health and medicine) constitutes ...

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