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Medicine as Culture: Illness, Disease and the Body 3ed

Medicine as Culture: Illness, Disease and the Body 3ed

ISBN 9781446208953
Edition 3
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Publisher SAGE Publications Ltd
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Overview
Medicine as Culture is unlike any other sociological text on health and medicine. For many lecturers and students the book has become a classic text, which combines perspectives drawn from a wide variety of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, social history, cultural geography and media and cultural studies. The aim of the book is to explore the ways in which medicine and health care are sociocultural constructions, ranging from popular media and elite cultural representations of illness, disease and health care workers to the power dynamics of the doctor-patient relationship.For its 3rd edition and with the addition of over 100 new references, Medicine as Culture has been updated to cover new and emerging areas of interest, including : Studies of space and place in relation to medicine and the body; Actor-network theory as it is applied in research related to medicine; The role of computerized communication technologies, including Web 2.0 applications and social media, in providing access to medical information, health advocacy and support for patients; New medical technologies and how they contribute to people's understandings of their bodies and selfhood; Complementary and alternative medicine; Men's health and embodiment; The abject body in relation to illness and disease; and Obesity and fat politics.Contextualising introductions and discussion points in every chapter make Medicine as Culture, 3rd edition a rigorous yet accessible text for students studying sociocultural perspectives on health and medicine.
Overview
Medicine as Culture is unlike any other sociological text on health and medicine. For many lecturers and students the book has become a classic text, which combines perspectives drawn from a wide variety of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, social history, cultural geography and media and cultural studies. The aim of the book is to explore the ways in which medicine and health care are sociocultural constructions, ranging from popular media and elite cultural representations of illness, disease and health care workers to the power dynamics of the doctor-patient relationship.For its 3rd edition and with the addition of over 100 new references, Medicine as Culture has been updated to cover new and emerging areas of interest, including : Studies of space and place in relation to medicine and the body; Actor-network theory as it is applied in research related to medicine; The role of computerized communication technologies, including Web 2.0 applications and social media, in providing access to medical information, health advocacy and support for patients; New medical technologies and how they contribute to people's understandings of their bodies and selfhood; Complementary and alternative medicine; Men's health and embodiment; The abject body in relation to illness and disease; and Obesity and fat politics.Contextualising introductions and discussion points in every chapter make Medicine as Culture, 3rd edition a rigorous yet accessible text for students studying sociocultural perspectives on health and medicine.
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