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Sociology of Health and Medicine: New Perspectives

V. Sujatha


Health and medicine have interested demographers and public health experts more than social scientists in India. Foundational questions on the meaning and experience of health and on the role of medicine, are glossed over as health and medicine are taken for granted and not opened up as objects for enquiry. How do we distinguish between health and ill-health, given the experience of disease and its detection is deeply embedded in social settings? How do we distinguish something as purely health problem from a problem of life or, a misfortune? Does the medical establishment increasingly define ... More

Keywords: health, medicine, disease, ill-health, allopathy, biomedicine, traditional medicine, pharmaceutical industry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198099130
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099130.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

V. Sujatha, author
Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi