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Medical Sociology is among the largest and first subdisciplines in Sociology. It is an area of ongoing work, advancing theory, method and our substantive understanding of social life.
We’re delighted that ‘Sociological Reflections on the Neurosciences’ was shortlisted for the BSA Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize 2012 for its significant contribution to medical sociology.
What’s more, this volume (Vol. 13 of Advances In Medical Sociology) is now available in paperback.
First published in October 2011, it was the first book to take a sociological approach to this field of biomedicine and quickly established itself as a benchmark textbook and important focus of global sociology.
Volume 15: Ecological Health: Society, Ecology and Health
Drawing on ecosystem thinking, complexity and postnormal science this discipline offers a radical new way of thinking about the health issues of the 21st Century. This volume reflects on recent social scientific engagement with Ecosystem Health research and practice and sets out a vision for the future. It is a reference tool which offers a sociological analysis of the interrelationship between the society, earth systems and health as conceptual frameworks, provides methodological tools for conducting social science research that integrates social, natural and medical systems, and illustrative case studies.
Volume 14: Critical Perspectives on Addiction
This volume fills a gap in addiction studies by offering critical perspectives that interrogate and challenge traditional and/or mainstream understandings of addiction. Authors address how addiction is characterized and understood through contemporary cultural representations and how new treatments and technologies are reconfiguring addiction. With a focus on how "addiction" is being expanded beyond illicit drugs and alcohol to explain phenomena such as "excessive" eating and gambling and the exponential rise in prescription narcotic use.
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Volume 13: Sociological Reflections on the Neurosciences
Martyn Pickersgill and Ira Van Keulen
The neurosciences are the new cutting edge in biomedicine, and this is the first book to take a sociological imagination to this field. This collection addresses the need for sociological insight through empirically rich, theoretically innovative chapters that range across methods, traditions and foci in order to cast new light on the place, role and impact of neuroscience. With cutting-edge contributions from leading scholars from Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, the UK and the USA.
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Covering birth to death and everything in between, "Medical" Sociology has been one of the most exciting areas of work in sociology over the many decades of this series in Advances in Medical Sociology. Medical Sociology does not 'advance' in a linear way -- rather it grows to incorporate new issues and new concerns. The area of coverage has shifted over time, expanding to encompass issues in deviance and social control, globalization, professions and occupations, gender, science and technology, sexuality, the body and more. This series seeks to document and expand the cutting edges of the field, drawing on sociologists around the globe, who are doing innovative work that falls under this broad umbrella of 'medical sociology'.
The theme of each volume is chosen to reflect the newest issues in the loosely connected field of medical sociology. Whether stimulated by advances in the biomedical sciences (i.e. the forthcoming volume on neurosciences) or by issues in the news (i.e. the recent volume on infectious disease) each volume reflects the growth of Sociology itself as our theoretical and methodological tools are brought to bear on new concerns.
Key Benefits & Key Audiences
The role of the series editor is to be mindful of new work, new expansions, new concerns in this broad area of medical sociology and to find volume editors whose work is solidly sociological in theory and method and reflective of these developing areas. The volume editors then reach out to those doing the new, creative, innovative work of applying the sociological imagination to the area of concern. Recent topics include the shifting dynamics of patients as policy actors; the growth of 'bioethics' as a field itself within the health care arena, the social and biomedical responses to infectious disease, and the rapidly developing work in neurosciences.
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