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The New Medical Society: Social Forms of Health and Illness (Contemporary Societies)


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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 society. 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. is part of the Contemporary Societies series.

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Turner (sociology, Cambridge U.) examines the larger processes, such as globalization, neo-conservatism, economic deregulation, and technological change, which influence health and the administration of health care. He examines how these large-scale factors relate to individuals' social capital, which is their investment in society and their society's willingness to invest in them. This relationship determines access to information and resources that affect how people consider their bodies and health. To explain these relationships he examines such topics as HIV/AIDS, obesity, changes in attitudes about aging as demographics change, the risks of concealment and disclosure of such diseases as BSE and SARS, and attempts to develop, and capitalize upon, new concepts of practicing medicine.
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makes a bold and innovative investigation of how society makes us sick.

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Bryan S. Turner is professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at Cambridge University in England and a professorial fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. His previous publications include The Body and Society (1984), Medical Power and Social Knowledge (1987) and Regulating Bodies (1992). He is the joint editor with Mike Featherstone of the journal Body & Society. He teaches medical sociology and the sociology of human rights at Cambridge. He is currently editing the Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology (with Craig Calhoun and Chris Rojek) and the International Handbook of Sociology. He is also doing research on rights, learning disabilities, and social inclusion.

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Turner, Bryan
W. W. Norton & Company
Turner, Bryan
Turner, Bryan S.
New York
Public Health
Social medicine
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contemporary Societies Series
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7.78x6.00x.85 in. .94 lbs.

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