Ideas about Illness

An Intellectual and Political History of Medical Sociology

  • Authors
  • Uta Gerhardt

Part of the New Studies in Sociology book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. The Structural-Functionalist Paradigm: Illness as Social Role and Motivated Deviance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-4
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      Pages 5-15
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      Pages 16-33
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      Pages 34-59
  3. The Interactionist Paradigm: Illness as Professional Construction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-81
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      Pages 82-90
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      Pages 91-122
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      Pages 123-156
  4. The Phenomenological Paradigm: Illness as Intersubjectively Constructed Reality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 179-187
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      Pages 188-196
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      Pages 197-228
  5. The Conflict-Theory Paradigm: Illness as Failure of Resources and Ideological Construct

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-258
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      Pages 308-334
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 352-425

About this book


In this book, Uta Gerhardt maintains that the sociological definition of deviance as disease has, at its roots, a political connotation. She traces how the four schools of mid- and late-twentieth century sociology have dealt with the idea of illness from structural functionalism through interactionism and phenomenology to conflict theory.


Design interaction medical sociology Nation political history sociological theory sociology systems theory

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Uta Gerhardt 1989
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • Print ISBN 978-0-333-24869-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-349-20016-0
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