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Social Movements in Health. Edition No. 1. Sociology of Health and Illness Monographs

  • ID: 2249821
  • Book
  • February 2005
  • 208 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This book represents the first collection of research on health social movements.
- Demonstrates that health social movements are an innovative and powerful form of political action.
- Brings together the study of health and illness with social movement theory in order to establish a basis for the study of health social movements.
- Covers disease-based movements focused on diseases such as Alzheimer’s and breast cancer.
- Also addresses issue-based movements such as the pro-choice movement, the movement for complementary and alternative medicine, and movements around stem cell research.
- Illustrates the value of interdisciplinary approaches to studying health social movements.
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Notes on Contributors.

1. Social Movements in Health: An Introduction: Phil Brown and Stephen Zavestoski.

2. Medical Modernisation, Scientific Research Fields and the Epistemic Politics of Health Social Movements: David Hess.

3. The Dynamic Interplay Between Western Medicine and Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Movement: Melinda Goldner.

4. Health COnsumer Groups: A New Social Movement?: Judith Alsop, Kathryn Jones, and Rob Baggott.

5. Regenerating Movements: Embryonic Stem Cells, Social Movements, and the Politics of Potentiality: Chris Ganchoff.

6. Uneasy Allies: Pro-choice Physicians, Feminist Health Activists, and the Struggle for Abortion Rights: Carole Joffe and Tracy Weitz.

7. Advocating Voice: Organisational, Historical and Social Milieux of the Alzheimer’s Disease Movement: Renee Beard.

8. Framing as a Cultural Resource in Health Social Movements: Funding Activism and the Breast Cancer Movement in the US 1990-1993: Emily Kolker.

9. Breast Cancer in Two Regimes: The Impact of Social Movements on Illness Experience: Maren Klawiter.


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Phil Brown Brown University.

Stephen Zavestoski University of San Francisco.
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