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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 book of interest to sectio members: Jason Rodriquez, 2014. Labors of Love: Nursing Homes and the Structures of Care Work. New York, NY: NYU Press. http://nyupress.org/books/9781479864300/
- New book of interest to members: Sanyu A. Mojola, 2014. Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520280946
- Check out this new book by one of our section members: Joanna Kempner. 2014. Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/N/bo18785835.html
- Check out these new books of interest by Med Soc Section Members: Adam Reich. 2014. Selling Our Souls: The Commodification of Hospital Care in the United States. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. (http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10266.html) and Janet Shim. 2014. Heart-Sick: The Politics of Risk, Inequality, and Heart Disease. New York and London: New York University Press. (http://nyupress.org/books/9780814786857/)
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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.