Regulating Bodies: Essays in Medical Sociology by Bryan S. Turner

Regulating Bodies: Essays in Medical Sociology by Professor Bryan S. Turner

Bryan Turner’s book provides a framework for the development of a new
sub-field, namely the development of the body. Through an examination of
various philosophical traditions (phenomenology, philosophical anthropology,
structuralism and postmodernism) the book shows how the human body has been
ignored or neglected by mainstream social theory. In attempting to integrate
these different traditions, Professor Turner demonstrates how the absent body
has impoverished, not only the sociology of health and illness but the very
foundations of sociology itself. There are three major aspects to this
argument. Firstly, it is impossible to develop an adequate theory of social
action without a conception of the embodied social agent. Secondly the idea
of embodiment offers a fundamental critique of the positivistic side of the
medical model of illness, and thus offers a new theoretical basis for medical
sociology. Thirdly, following the work of Michel Foucault, Turner
demonstrates that medical practice functions as a moral discourse which
produces a regulation of the body.

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Format

Paperback

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ISBN

0415082641

Condition

Used Very Good

Language

English

Pages

304

Year Published

1992

Publisher

Taylor & Francis Ltd

Store

GO00021

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