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Health, Culture and Society

Conceptual Legacies and Contemporary Applications


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Elizabeth Ettorre, Ellen Annandale, Vanessa M. Hildebrand, Ana Porroche-Escudero
    Pages 1-11
  3. Ellen Annandale
    Pages 13-36
  4. Elizabeth Ettorre
    Pages 37-74
  5. Ellen Annandale
    Pages 75-102
  6. Ana Porroche-Escudero
    Pages 103-135
  7. Elizabeth Ettorre
    Pages 137-177
  8. Vanessa M. Hildebrand
    Pages 179-211
  9. Barbara Katz Rothman
    Pages 213-221
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 223-235

About this book


This book traces the history of formative, enduring concepts, foundational in the development of the health disciplines. It explores existing literature, and subsequent contested applications. Feminist legacies are discussed with a clear message that early sociological and anthropological theories and debates remain valuable to scholars today. Chapters cover historical events and cultural practices from the standpoint of ‘difference’; formulate theories about the emergence of social issues and problems and discuss health and illness in light of cultural values and practices, social conditions, embodiment and emotions. This collection will be of great value to scholars of biomedicine, health and gender.


medical sociology social anthropology medical anthropology cultural studies gender studies interdisciplinary feminist studies Marcel Mauss Foucault biopolitics heteronormative marriage

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of LiverpoolLiverpoolUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of YorkYorkUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Department of AnthropologyCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  4. 4.Lancaster UniversityLancasterUnited Kingdom
  5. 5.Graduate CenterCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

About the authors

Elizabeth Ettorre is Professor Emerita of Sociology, University of Liverpool, UK. 

Ellen Annandale is Professor of Sociology, York University, UK.

Ana Porroche-Escudero is a Research Associate, Lancaster University, UK.

Vanessa M. Hildebrand is Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Case Western Reserve University, USA. 

Barbara Katz Rothman is a Professor of Sociology, Baruch College and Graduate Center, CUNY, USA.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Health, Culture and Society
  • Book Subtitle Conceptual Legacies and Contemporary Applications
  • Authors Elizabeth Ettorre
    Ellen Annandale
    Vanessa M. Hildebrand
    Ana Porroche-Escudero
    Barbara Katz Rothman
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-60785-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86933-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-60786-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 235
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medical Anthropology
    Cultural Studies
    Medical Sociology
    Feminist Anthropology
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“This terrific book is overdue and sorely needed. After half a century of medical sociology and anthropology, revisiting and revisioning their conceptual legacies is vital. Contested key concepts have been modified to enable their continued analytic utility. Here, we grasp their trajectories of development, related debates, and prior research applications. Placed in productive conversation with one another, they provide ambitious, rich and useful resources for moving both fields forward as biomedicine expands transnationally.” (Adele E. Clarke, Professor Emerita of Sociology & History of Health Sciences, University of California, San Francisco)

“This unique book offers a timely analysis of key concepts used in health research. The authors describe the tacit theoretical frameworks and assumptions in contemporary health and medical sociology and medical anthropology. They emphasize the complexity of the conceptual frameworks and challenge the reader to engage in a critical reading of the classical texts.” (Elianne Riska, Professor of Sociology, emerita, University of Helsinki, Finland)