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Health, Risk and Vulnerability

Petersen, Alan and Wilkinson, Iain M., eds. (2007) Health, Risk and Vulnerability. Taylor & Francis Ltd, 176 pp. ISBN 978-0-415-38308-0. (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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Abstract

The concept of risk is one of the most suggestive terms for evoking the cultural character of our times and for defining the purpose of social research. Risk attitudes and behaviours are understood to comprise the dominant experience of culture, politics and society in our times. Health, Risk and Vulnerability investigates the personal and political dimensions of health risk that structure everyday thought and action. In this innovative book, international contributors reflect upon the meaning and significance of risk across a broad range of social and institutional contexts, exploring current issues such as: the 'escalation of the medicalization of life', involving the pathologization of normality and blurring of the divide between clinical and preventive medicine the tendency for mental health service users to be regarded as representing a risk to others rather than being 'at risk' and vulnerable themselves the development of health care systems to identify risk and prevent harm women's reactions to 'high risk' screening results during pregnancy and how they communicate with other women about risk men and the use the internet to reconstruct their social and sexual identities Charting new terrain in the sociology of health and risk, and focusing on the connections between them, Health, Risk and Vulnerability offers new perspectives on an important field of contemporary debate and provides an invaluable resource for students, teachers, researchers, and policy makers.

Item Type: Edited book
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2013 09:22 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37479 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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