Suffering: A Sociological introduction

Wilkinson, Iain M. (2005) Suffering: A Sociological introduction. Polity Press, Oxford, 240 pp. ISBN 9780745631974. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

"Sociology is always concerned with the causes and consequences of human suffering in one form or another, yet there is no sociology of suffering per se. This book is written with the understanding that if sociology fails to attend to what suffering does to people then it is left with a severely diminished account of human experience. Wilkinson maintains that a sociological response to suffering must confront the most unsettling questions of meaning and morality. He argues that the apparent 'senselessness' of suffering has the power to transform dramatically the ways we relate to society and ourselves. The book explores some of the ways in which our sensitivity towards this 'problem of suffering' is related to a new 'politics of compassion' in modern societies."

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: suffering, sociology, introductions
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Samantha Osborne
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:11
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2014 11:30
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/365 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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