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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:
The Medical Sociology section of ASA has published a newsletter continuously since the mid-1960s. As the editor I see the newsletter as a space for section members to communicate and connect in a forum that is more extended than social media or email, and less formal than journals. We publish regular columns from the chair, the chairs of the Health Policy, Teaching, and Career & Employment committees, and graduate student members. Other regular features that are contributed by members include publication announcements, conference and publication calls for submissions, and reports on conferences. We also publish medical sociologists perspectives on current events relevant to the section. Any section member interested in publishing something in the newsletter can email Evan Roberts at email@example.com.
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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.