Bodies in Context: Potential Avenues of Inquiry for the Sociology of Chronic Illness and Disability Within a New Policy Era

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


The first decade of the twenty-first century is indeed a critical moment to reflect on the past and potential new avenues of inquiry focussed on chronic conditions. The recent re-shaping of policy and service delivery regarding chronic conditions across Western democracies provides both an old and new set of salient issues for sociologists to consider. Policy changes have occurred largely in response to demographic changes and concerns regarding the current and future burden of ageing, chronic disease and disability. The perceived economic implications of this “burden of chronic disease” has prompted the development and implementation of state-sponsored interventions to enhance self-care across international settings.


Social Capital Chronic Condition Chronic Illness Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronic Disease Management 
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  1. 1.Primary Care, Health SciencesUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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