Medical sociology: major themes in health and social welfare
Medical sociology was first recognizable as a distinct area of study in the 1950s and is now probably the largest specialized area of sociology. This collection comprises a comprehensive statement of the history, current concerns and relevance of medical sociology to an understanding of health and health care worldwide.
Volume I: The Nature of Medical Sociology
General Introduction: Medical Sociology: Past, Present and Future
Introduction to Volume I
Part 1: The origins and trajectories of medical sociology
1. S. Bloom, 'The origins: medicine as social science,
public health, and social medicine', in S. Bloom, The Word as Scalpel: A History
of Medical Sociology, (
3. E. Freidson, 'Viewpoint. Sociology and medicine: a polemic', Sociology of Health and Illness, 2, 1983, pp. 208-219.
4. W. Cockerham, 'Medical sociology at the Millenium', in S. Quah and A. Sales, eds., The International Handbook of Sociology, (London: Sage, 2000).
Part 2: Theoretical perspectives
5. T. Parsons, Abridged version of Chapter Ten, The Social System, (London: Routledge,Glencoe Ill: Free Press, 1951). 429-79.
6. S. Taylor and C. Ashworth, 'Durkheim and social realism: an approach to health and illness', in G. Scambler, ed., Sociological Theory and Medical Sociology, (London: Tavistock Press, 1989).
8. I. Jones, 'Power, present and past: for a historical sociology of health and illness', Social Theory and Health, 1, 2003, pp. 130-148.
Part 3: Medicine and medicalization
9. I. Zola, 'Medicine as an institution of social control', Sociological Review, 20, 1972, pp. 487-504.
10. P. Strong, 'Sociological imperialism and the profession of medicine: a critical examination of the thesis of medical imperialism', Social Science and Medicine, 13A, 1979, pp. 199-215.
11. D. Armstrong, 'The rise of surveillance medicine', Sociology of Health and Illness, 17, 1995, pp. 393-404.
12. D. Lupton, 'Foucault and the medicalization critique', in A. Peterson and R. Bunton, eds., Foucault, Health and Medicine, (London; Routledge, 1997).
Part 4: Limits to medicine
13. J. Powles, 'On the limitations of modern medicine', Science, Medicine and Man, 1, 1972, pp. 1-30.
14. N. Jewson, 'The disappearance of the sick man from medical cosmology 1770-1870', Sociology, 10, 1976, pp. 225-244.
16. P. Conrad, 'The mirage of genes', Sociology of Health and Illness, 21, 1999, pp. 228-240.
Volume II: Social Structures and Health
Introduction to Volume II
Part 5: Social causes of health and illness
17. B. Link and J. Phelan, 'Social conditions as fundamental causes of disease', Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, Extra Issue, 1995, pp. 80-94.
Part 6: Social patterns in health: gender, ethnicity and age
19. S. Arber and H. Homans, 'From women's health
to a gender analysis of health', in W. Cockerham, ed., The Blackwell Companion to
Medical Sociology, (
20. I. Kawachi, B. Kennedy, V. Gupta and D. Protherow-Stith, 'Women's status and the health of women and men: a view from the States', Social Science and Medicine, 48, 1999, pp. 21-32.
21. J. Nazroo, 'Genetic, cultural or socio-economic vulnerability? Explaining ethnic inequalities in health', Sociology of Health and Illness, 20, 1998, pp. 710-730.
22. H. Cooper, 'Investigating socio-economic explanations for gender and ethnic inequalities in health', Social Science and Medicine, 54, 2002, pp. 693-706.
23. P. Townsend, 'The structured dependency of the elderly: a creation of policy in the twentieth century', Ageing and Society, 1, 1981, pp. 5-28.
Part 7: Class and health inequality
26. J. Mackenbach, M. Bakker, A. Kunst and F. Diderichsen,
'Socioeconomic inequalities in health in Europe: an overview', in J. Mackenbach and
M. Bakker, Reducing Inequalities in Health: A European Perspective, (
27. D. Vagero and R. Illsley, 'Explaining health inequalities: beyond Black and Barker: a discussion of some issues emerging in the decade following the Black Report', European Sociological Review, 11, 1995, pp. 219-241.
29. R. Wilkinson, 'Income inequality, social cohesion and health: clarifying the theory International Journal of Health Services, 29, 1999, pp. 525-543.
30. D. Coburn, 'Beyond the income inequality hypothesis: class, neo-liberalism and health inequalities', Social Science and Medicine, 58, 2003, pp. 41-56.
Part 8: Lay theorizing of health inequalities
32. J. Popay, G. Williams, C. Thomas and A. Gatrell, 'Theorizing inequalities in health: the place of lay knowledge', in M. Bartley, D. Blane and G. Davey Smith, eds., The Sociology of Health Inequalities, (Oxford: Blackwell, 1998).
Volume III: Coping with Illness
Introduction to Volume III
Part 9: Health and illness behaviour
35. I. Zola, 'Pathways to the doctor Social Science and Medicine, 7, 1973, pp. 677-687.
Part 10: Therapeutic relationships
36. R. Fitzpatrick, A. Hopkins and O. Howard-Watts, 'Social dimensions of healing', Social Science and Medicine, 17, 1983, pp. 501-510.
37. H. Waitzkin, 'A critical theory of medical discourse: ideology, social control and the processing of social contexts in medical encounters', Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, 30, 1989, pp. 501-510.
38. H. Graham and A. Oakley, 'Competing ideologies of reproduction: medical and maternal perspectives on pregnancy', in H. Roberts, ed., Women, Health and Reproduction, (London: Routledge, 1981).
39. P. Conrad, 'The meaning of medications: another look at compliance', Social Science and Medicine, 20, 1985, pp. 29-37.
Part 11: Chronic illness and disability
41. K.Charmaz, (1983) Loss of self: a fundamental form of suffering in the chronically ill. Sociology of Health and Illness 5 168-195.
42. I.Robinson, (1990) Personal narratives, social careers and medical courses: analyzing life trajectories in autobiographies of people with multiple sclerosis. Social Science and Medicine 30 1173-1186.
Part 12: Death in Contemporary Society
47. K. Taylor, '"Telling bad news": physicians and the disclosure of undesirable information', Sociology of Health and Illness, 10, 1988, pp. 109-132.
Part 13: Sociology of the body
50. S. Williams, 'Is anybody there? Critical realism, chronic illness and the disability debate', Sociology of Health and Illness, 21, 1999, pp. 1469-1478.
51. B. Turner, 'Disability and the sociology of
the body', in G. Albrecht, K. Seelman and M. Bury, eds., Handbook of Disability Studies,
Volume IV: Health Care and Social Change
Introduction to Volume IV
Part 14: Health and Welfare Reform
52. V. Navarro, 'Why some countries have national
health insurance, others have national health services, and the
53. D. Mechanic and D. Rochefort, 'Comparative medical systems', Annual Review of Sociology, 22, 1996, pp. 239-270.
54. V. Navarro, 'The political economy of the welfare state in developed capitalist countries', International Journal of Health Services, 29, 1999, pp. 1-50.
55. S. Lewis, M. Saulnier and M. Renaud, 'Reconfiguring health policy: simple truths, complex solutions', in G. Albrecht, R. Fitzpatrick and S. Scrimshaw, eds., The Handbook of Social Studies in Health and Medicine, (London: Sage, 1999).
Part 15: Changing health professions
57. D. Light, 'Countervailing powers: a framework
for professions in transition', in T. Johnson, G. Larkin and M. Saks, eds., Health
58. S. Harrison and W. Ahmad, 'Medical autonomy
60. S. Cant and U. Sharma, 'Government responses: the refiguring of expertise', in A New Medical Pluralism, (London: UCL Press, 1999).
61. V. Olesen, 'Emotions and gender in US health
care contexts: implications for change and stasis in the division of labour', in
S. Williams, J. Gabe and M. Calnan, eds., Health, Medicine and Society: Key Theories,
Future Agendas, (
Part 16: Risk and Governmentality
62. R. Castel, 'From dangerousness to risk', in G. Burchell, C. Gordon and P. Miller, eds., The Foucault Effect: Studies in Governmentality, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991).
63. D. Lupton, 'Technologies of health: contemporary health promotion and public health', The Imperative of Health, (London: Sage, 1995).
64. P. Higgs, 'Risk, governmentality and the reconceptualization of citizenship', in G. Scambler and P. Higgs, eds., Modernity, Medicine and Health, (London: Routledge, 1998).
Part 17: Movements for Change
65. H. Waitzkin, 'Is our work dangerous? Should it be?', Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, 39, 1998, pp. 7-17.
66. P. Brown, 'Popular epidemiology: community response to toxic waste-induced disease', Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, 33, 1992, pp. 267-281.