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Ivan Illich and Irving Kenneth Zola: Disabling Médicalisation

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Médicalisation has been one of medical sociology’s most important concepts. It has been studied by a wide variety of scholars and has generated a rich literature, complete with an extensive array of case studies and historiography. Much of this work has been directed to exploring the process by which medical definitions and treatments are applied to behaviours, minds and bodies in areas not previously defined or treated as medical matters. Deviant behaviour, reproductive matters and borderland medical conditions have often been the focus of research. More recent efforts to extend médicalisation theory have aimed to capture additional features of the ever-more complex interweaving of health and medicine into everyday life. We seem to be living under a ‘regime of total health’ (Armstrong 1993) and a medicine without limits.

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  • Human Dignity
  • Human Good
  • Disability Study
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Davis, J.E. (2015). Ivan Illich and Irving Kenneth Zola: Disabling Médicalisation. In: Collyer, F. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Social Theory in Health, Illness and Medicine. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137355621_20

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