The 'limits' of medicalization?: Modern medicine and the lay populace in 'late' modernity

Williams, Simon J. and Calnan, Michael .W. (1996) The 'limits' of medicalization?: Modern medicine and the lay populace in 'late' modernity. Social Science and Medicine, 42 (12). pp. 1609-1620. ISSN 0277-9536. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Taking as its point of departure the medicalization thesis and its limitations, this paper provides a critical discussion of certain more recent theoretical perspectives on life in contemporary society, and their relevance for understanding the relationship between modern medicine and the lay populace. In particular, attention is paid to the contours and existential parameters of life in 'late' modernity in terms of the following four key themes: (i) modernity as a 'reflexive' social order; (ii) 'risk' and the dialectic of scientific and social rationality; (iii) the 'mediation' of contemporary experience; and (iv) lay 're-skilling' and the 'life political' agenda. On the basis of this, it is argued that far from being simply passive and dependent, a 'critical distance' is beginning to emerge between modern medicine-and the lay populace; a situation which resonates with broader social trends and currents within society at large. Copyright (C) 1996 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: medicalization; medical technology; lay perspectives; risk; reflexivity; resistance; sociological
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences (KIMHS)
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