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Welcome to the official website of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association!
What is Medical Sociology?
Medical sociology provides an analytical framework for understanding the social contexts of health, illness and health care. Central topics include the subjective experience of health and illness, political, economic and environmental circumstances fostering ill health; and societal forces constraining the medical care system and individuals' responses to illness. This field draws on traditional sociological issues and contributes to them through reformulations of such basic concepts as social systems and institutions, professionalism, social movements and social change, and social interaction and negotiation. Drawing from pluralistic perspectives, the field is concerned with basic sociological research and its implications for public policy and practice.
About the Section
The Medical Sociology Section, one of the ASA's largest sections, brings together social and behavioral scientists from a variety of backgrounds who share an interest in the social contexts of health, illness, and health care. Central topics include the subjective experience of health and illness; political, economic, and environmental circumstances that threaten health; and societal forces that impact on the medical care system and on people's responses to illness. Drawing from many perspectives, the field of medical sociology is concerned with basic sociological research and its implications for public policy and practice.
Med Soc in the News
New books of interest to section members:
Race on the Move: Brazilian Migrants and the Global Reconstruction of Race by Tiffany D. Joseph
More Than Medicine: A History of the Feminist Women's Health Movement by Jennifer Nelson
Reimagining (Bio)Medicalization, Pharmaceuticals and Genetics: Old Critiques and New Engagements Edited by Susan E. Bell, Anne E. Figert.
From the Newsletter Editors:
We are interested in including "transitions" in the medical sociology newsletter. Please send us information if you or someone you know has transitioned in terms of retirement, promotion, new position, etc. Please send your announcement to either Ann Bell (avbell at udel.edu) or Barret Michalec (bmichal at udel.edu).
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Join the Section
Join over 1000 colleagues who share a common interest in health, illness and medical care as sociological phenomena. As one of the largest sections within ASA, the Medical Sociology Section provides you with broad and highly visible professional connections. Membership of the Medical Sociology section is open to all members of the American Sociological Association (ASA). To join ASA, you can apply online.