The New Medical Sociology
Social Forms of Health and Illness
The New Medical Sociology makes a bold and innovative investigation of
how society makes us sick.
The author, Bryan Turner, examines how macro
processes like globalization, risk, economic deregulation, and
technological change shape personal experiences of health and illness.
Addressing key topics in contemporary sociology such as the body,
power, and knowledge, Turner sets out to rethink medical sociology as
an exciting perspective on the principal transformations of modern
In this broad historical and sociological work, Turner asks and answers
how economic changes of recent decades have undermined both social
cohesion and the conditions that promote good health. He explores the
macro-level importance of social capital (people’s involvement or
investments in society), inequality, and citizenship rights in his
explanation of health and illness in modern societies, and examines at
the micro level embodiment (our relationship to our own bodies) in
narratives of illness.
The New Medical Sociology is part of the Contemporary Societies series.
- September 2004
- 5.5 × 8.3 in
/ 432 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide