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Medical sociology and the biological body: where are we now and where do we go from here?

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Williams, Simon J.

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Abstract In this article I pose the question, 'where is the biological body in medical sociology today?' The first part of the article provides a selective corporeal balance sheet of where we are now in medical sociology, with particular reference to social constructionist and phenomenological approaches and their respective stances or takes on the (biological) body. The subsequent section considers where we might profitably be going in the future in terms of bringing the biological body (back) in, and the broader issues this raises for the sociological enterprise as a whole. Various problems associated with this evolving project and merits of other recent approaches, such as the sociology of translation, are considered. The article concludes with some further thoughts and reflections on these matters, including a revisiting of relations between the sociology of the body and medical sociology in the light of these debates.
Classification Medical Sociology
Free Keywords body; biology; medicine; practice; realism
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 5-30
Journal Health, 10 (2006) 1
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1363459306058984
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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