Drawing on the latest international sociological research, this monograph takes a critical look at contemporary developments, discourses, and debate on pharmaceuticals and society. Key issues covered include pharmaceuticals and medicalization and the science and politics of drug development, testing, and regulation Investigates the constructions of pharmaceuticals in professional and popular culture and the meaning and use of medications in everyday life Investigates pharmaceuticals, consumerism, and citizenship and the impact of innovation and expectations regarding pharmaceutical futures Written in a lively, accessible style, with many engaging and important insights from key international figures in the field
Simon J. Williams teaches the Sociology of Health and Illness with particular reference to the body, health and social research methods at Warwick University. Jonathan Gabe is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Health and Social Care at Royal Holloway, University of London. Peter Davis is Professor, Sociology of Health and Well-Being, at the University of Auckland.