Habermas, critical theory and health
The German sociologist and philosopher, Jürgen Habermas, aided the understanding of the nature of social change in the context of global capitalism. This book provides an introduction to his work and shows how his theories can be applied to a wide range of topics in the sociology of health and illness. In the light of Habermas' theories, the authors look at: the nature of lay health knowledge; the doctor-patient relationship; decision-making in health care; and rationing health care.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Lay Health Knowledge and the Concept of the Lifeworld
Chapter 3: System, Lifeworld and Doctor-Patient Interaction
Chapter 4: Health Care Decision Making and the Politics of Health
Chapter 5: Class, Power and the Durability of Health Inequalities
Chapter 6: New Social Movements in the Health Domain
Chapter 7: Finite Resources and Infinite Demand
Chapter 8: Habermas or Foucault or Habermas and Foucault?
Chapter 9: Civil Society, the Public Sphere and Deliberative Democracy