Non-Fiction Books:

Medical Power and Social Knowledge



Customer rating

Click to share your rating 0 ratings (0.0/5.0 average) Thanks for your vote!

Share this product

Medical Power and Social Knowledge by Bryan S Turner
In stock with supplier

The item is brand new and in-stock in with one of our preferred suppliers. The item will ship from the Mighty Ape warehouse within the timeframe shown below.

Usually ships within 8-12 days


Delivering to:

Estimated arrival:

  • Around 11-16 April using standard courier delivery


An introduction to medical sociology and an assessment of its significance for social theory and the social sciences. The author considers the ways in which different social theorists have interpreted the experience of health and disease, and the social relations and power structures involved in medical practice. The text examines health as an aspect of social action, and looks at the problem of health at three levels - the individual, the social and the societal. Among the perspectives analyzed are Parson's view of the "sick role" and the patient's relation to society; Foucault's critique of medical models of madness and sexuality; and Marxist and feminist debates on the contribution of Beck to the sociological understanding of environmental pollution and hazard in the politics of health. This new edition includes a revised chapter on mental health and new chapters on the sociology of the body and on the relationship between health and risk in contemporary societies.

Author Biography

Bryan S. Turner is Professor of Sociology in the Asian Research Institute (ARI) at the National University of Singapore. Previously he was Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge from 1998-2005. His research interests include globalization and religion, concentrating on such issues as religious conflict and the modern state, religious authority and electronic information, religious, consumerism and youth cultures, human rights and religion, the human body, medical change, and religious cosmologies. He is Joint Chief Editor of the journal Citizenship Studies and serves on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals.
Release date NZ
August 22nd, 1995
Revised by Colin Samson
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
2nd Revised edition
SAGE Publications Ltd
Product ID

Customer reviews

Nobody has reviewed this product yet. You could be the first!

Write a Review

Marketplace listings

There are no Marketplace listings available for this product currently.
Already own it? Create a free listing and pay just 9% commission when it sells!

Sell Yours Here

Help & options

  • If you think we've made a mistake or omitted details, please send us your feedback. Send Feedback
  • If you have a question or problem with this product, visit our Help section. Get Help
  • Seen a lower price for this product elsewhere? We'll do our best to beat it. Request a better price
Filed under...

Buy this and earn 841 Banana Points