Sociologies of Disability and Illness Contested Ideas in Disability Studies and Medical Sociology

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/15/2007
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Cutting across a disciplinary divide, Sociologies of Disability critically reviews and compares the conflicting perspectives on disability and chronic illness found in disability studies and medical sociology. Thomas carefully outlines the historical development of both these approaches, providing readers with a solid understanding of the overlaps and divergences between the two fields. With a fresh interpretation of theoretical traditions in medical sociology, and an informed commentary on major debates in disability studies, this original text is necessary reading for all students of medical sociology and disability studies.

Author Biography

CAROL THOMAS is Reader in Sociology at the Institute for Social Research, Lancaster University, UK. She is known for her publications in disability studies and medical sociology.  She is the author of Female Forms: Experiencing and Understanding Disability (1999).

Table of Contents

Disciplinary Divides and Definitions
Theories and Traditions in Medical Sociology
Theories and Traditions in Disability Studies
Care and Dependency: a disciplinary clash
The body: lost and found
Experiencing Disability and Chronic Illness
Towards a Sociology of Disability?
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