Mapping the Sociology of Health and Medicine: America, Britain and Australia Compared

Editor/Author Collyer, Fran
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Price: Core Collection Only
ISBN: 978-0-230-32044-4
Category: Social Sciences - Sociology
Book Status: Available
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This title poses sociological questions about the formation of intellectual fields and their social relations, and offers an in-depth, historical study of one of the largest specialities of the discipline of sociology - the sociology of health and medicine - across three countries: the United States of America, Britain and Australia.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Tables
  • Introduction
  • Theoretical Frameworks and Beginnings
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to the field
  • On the processes of intellectual change and disciplinary formation
  • The nature of disciplines
  • The institutionalisation of three sociologies
  • Reflections on the institutionalisation process
  • Situated disciplines: Other forms of social structure
  • The chapters ahead
  • Past and Present: Three National Sociologies of Health and Medicine
  • The sociology of health and medicine in the United States
  • The sociology of health and medicine in the United Kingdom
  • The sociology of health and medicine in Australia
  • The United States, the United Kingdom and Australia compared
  • Disciplines, Professions and Specialities
  • Sociology and its specialities
  • The Study and Its Methods
  • The research questions
  • The study design
  • The countries
  • The journals
  • The selection of papers
  • The Content Analysis
  • Key variables
  • National Trends in the Sociology of Health and Medicine since 1990
  • Institutional context
  • Gender
  • Disciplines and identity
  • Identities, work units and disciplinary boundaries
  • The sociologists: Identity, method and theory
  • Authorship teams
  • Citation patterns
  • Subjects, interests and concerns
  • Sociological theories
  • The funding of research
  • Objectivity, sympathy, and critical distance from medicine
  • Old Roads and New Pathways: Reflections, Conclusions and a Way Forward
  • Disciplines and specialities
  • Sociology's external borders
  • National differences
  • Identity, inclusion and exclusion
  • One sociology of health and medicine or three?
  • A way forward
  • References