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Identifies and discusses new directions in theory in medical sociology
Shows how to apply theory to health problems
Coverage ranges from theories of agency to theories of structure
This book provides readers with a single source reviewing and updating sociological theory in medical or health sociology. The book not only addresses the major theoretical approaches in the field today, it also identifies the future directions these theories are likely to take in explaining the social processes affecting health and disease. Many of the chapters are written by leading medical sociologists who feature the use of theory in their everyday work, including contributions from the original theorists of fundamental causes, health lifestyles, and medicalization. Theories focusing on both agency and structure are included to provide a comprehensive account of this important area in medical sociology.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Bourdieu - Foucault - Gender theory - Health inequalities - Health lifestyle theory - Health problems - Life extension - Marx - Medical sociology - Modern Symbolic Interaction Theory - Reflexive modernity - Social Constructionism - Statecraft and soulcraft
Chapter 1: The Rise of Theory in Medical Sociology: William C. Cockerham.- Chapter 2: Modern Symbolic Interaction Theory and Health: Kathy Charmaz and Linda Belgrave.- Chapter 3: Social Construction and Health: Sigrun Olafsdottir.- Chapter 4: Statecraft and Soulcraft: Foucault in Prolonging Life: Bryan S. Turner and Alex Dumas.- Chapter 5: Marx, Critical Realism, and Health Inequalities: Graham Scambler and Sasha Scambler.- Chapter 6: Fundamental Cause Theory: Bruce Link and Jo Phelan.- Chapter 7: Bourdieu and an Update of Health Lifestyle Theory: William C. Cockerham.- Chapter 8: Gender Theory and Health: Ellen Annandale.- Chapter 9: Theories and the Rise and Fall of the Medical Profession: Bernice Pescosolido.- Chapter 10: Medicalization, Changing Contours, Charateristics, and Contexts: Peter Conrad.- Chapter 11: Reflexive Modernity and the Sociology of Health: Brian Hinote and Jason Wasserman.- Chapter 12: Social Capital and Health: Lijun Song.