Power, Control and Surveillance

  • Elizabeth EttorreEmail author


The ‘power’ of the medical profession is introduced alongside sociological concepts of medicalization, professionalization and biomedicalization. How power is constructed in and through these conceptualizations and their consequences is explored and discussed with reference to Parsons, Weber, Bourdieu and Foucault whose ways of seeing power involved a new type of epistemology. The focus on biomedicalization is a prelude to understanding a case study of reproductive genetics. In this case study, the related concepts biopolitics, procreative biosocialities, somatic society and reproductive asceticism are included. The conclusion is that the development of the concept of power within sociology of health is complex and demonstrates how some bodies are subject to more power and discursive control than others (i.e. the pregnant body).


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  1. 1.University of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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