Medical Sociology on the Move

New Directions in Theory

  • William C. Cockerham

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. William C. Cockerham
    Pages 1-10
  3. Kathy Charmaz, Linda Liska Belgrave
    Pages 11-39
  4. Sigrun Olafsdottir
    Pages 41-59
  5. Alex Dumas, Bryan S. Turner
    Pages 61-81
  6. Graham Scambler, Sasha Scambler
    Pages 83-103
  7. Jo C. Phelan, Bruce G. Link
    Pages 105-125
  8. William C. Cockerham
    Pages 127-154
  9. Ellen Annandale
    Pages 155-171
  10. Brian P. Hinote, Jason Adam Wasserman
    Pages 215-232
  11. Lijun Song
    Pages 233-257
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 259-267

About this book


This book provides readers with a single source reviewing and updating sociological theory in medical or health sociology. The book not only addresses the major theoretical approaches in the field today, it also identifies the future directions these theories are likely to take in explaining the social processes affecting health and disease. Many of the chapters are written by leading medical sociologists who feature the use of theory in their everyday work, including contributions from the original theorists of fundamental causes, health lifestyles, and medicalization. Theories focusing on both agency and structure are included to provide a comprehensive account of this important area in medical sociology.



Bourdieu Foucault Gender theory Health inequalities Health lifestyle theory Health problems Life extension Marx Medical sociology Modern Symbolic Interaction Theory Reflexive modernity Social Constructionism Statecraft and soulcraft

Editors and affiliations

  • William C. Cockerham
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of SociologyUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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