Medicine as Culture
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Medicine as Culture
Illness, Disease and the Body

Third Edition


© 2012 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Lupton's newest edition of Medicine as Culture is more relevant than ever.

Trudy Rudge, Professor of Nursing, University of Sydney

A welcome update of a text that has become a mainstay of the medical sociologist's library.

Alan Radley, Emeritus Professor of Social Psychology, Loughborough University

Medicine as Culture introduces students to a broad range of cross-disciplinary theoretical perspectives, using examples that emphasize bodies and visual images. Lupton's core contrast between lay perspectives on illness and medical power is a useful beginning point for courses teaching health and illness from a socio-cultural perspective.

Arthur Frank, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary

Medicine as Culture is unlike any other sociological text on health and medicine. It combines perspectives drawn from a wide variety of disciplines including sociology, anthropology, social history, cultural geography, and media and cultural studies. The book explores the ways in which medicine and health care are sociocultural constructions, ranging from popular media and elite cultural representations of illness to the power dynamics of the doctor-patient relationship.

The Third Edition has been updated to cover new areas of interest, including:

- studies of space and place in relation to the body

- actor-network theory as it is applied in research related to medicine

- The internet and social media and how they contribute to lay health knowledge and patient support

- complementary and alternative medicine

- obesity and fat politics.

Contextualising introductions and discussion points in every chapter makes Medicine as Culture, Third Edition a rigorous yet accessible text for students.

Deborah Lupton is an independent sociologist and Honorary Associate in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney.

 
Introduction
 
Theoretical Perspectives on Medicine and Society
 
The Body in Medicine
 
Representations of Medicine, Illness and the Body
 
The Lay Perspective on Illness and Disease
 
Power Relations and the Medical Encounter
 
Feminisms and Medicine
 
Conclusion

Medicine as Culture introduces students to a broad range of cross-disciplinary theoretical perspectives, using examples that emphasize bodies and visual images. Lupton's core contrast between lay perspectives on illness and medical power is a useful beginning point for courses teaching health and illness from a socio-cultural perspective

Arthur Frank
Department of Sociology, University of Calgary


This new edition of Medicine as Culture is a welcome updating of a text that has become a mainstay of the medical sociologist's library. Providing a clear statement of the emergence and role of medicine in cultural contexts, Deborah Lupton offers excellent summaries and comparisons of the major theoretical perspectives that illuminate our understanding of illness, the body and its social care. Students and teachers will appreciate the clarity and organisation of this book, which confirm it as a leading text in its field
Alan Radley
Emeritus Professor of Social Psychology, Loughborough University


Deborah Lupton's discourse analysis of contemporary writing on medical knowledge, exposes how medical discourses are not neutral, objective advisories on how we are to live our lives but rather culturally constitutive of our bodies and ways of thinking and talking about health and illness. In Australia today, if you turn on day-time television, you will note that a medical 'show', The Doctors has replaced Oprah as arbiter of how to live healthily, what we are to know about bodily health and which medical discoveries are to be trumpeted from news bulletins across multiple forms of media. Such media representations of authoritative, medicalised health signify that Deborah Lupton's newest edition of Medicine as Culture is more relevant than ever! Her lucid analyses of biomedicalisation furnish fresh insights and cogent critiques of the allure of, and challenges to medical power in the 21st Century - an already influential work updated and renewed - for all forms of health professional and researcher
Trudy Rudge
Professor of Nursing, University of Sydney



An excellent Medical Sociology text, with a chapter on Bodies, Pain and Suffering. This has been added as a recommended text,

Dr Bethany Simmonds
Social, Historical & Literary Studies, Portsmouth University
August 21, 2016

Deborah Lupton illustrates very well the power imbalances between people's conceptualisation of health, ill-health and their bodies and the dominant bio-medical approaches. It also illustrates the many shortcomings of these power imbalances. She explores a very important health topic, yet a disregarded one -specially in the field of global health. I will add this book to my list of recommended readings, as I think that Deborah Lupton does a great job at building bridges between disciplines and health knowledges.

Dr Mei Trueba
Health , Brighton and Sussex Medical School
October 1, 2015

a great overview of medicine and the body from sociological point of view

Mr Fergus Hogan
Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
September 14, 2015

My students have always liked this book - v accessible and so its great to have a new edition

Dr Sarah Nettleton
Department of Sociology, York University
February 11, 2014

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