This concise and accessible volume aims to make sense of what is at first sight an eclectic mix of theoretical and practical work on pain, from a distinctly sociological perspective. While there has been much quantitative medical research on pain, in exploring sociology′s important contributions to this field Elaine Denny offers insight into the world of those living with pain and the meaning it has in their lives. She provides readers with a range of explanations of pain and various influences on the experience of pain, critically analysing competing schools of thought and embedding this work in the everyday practice of providing care. The result is an illuminating volume for students of health and medical professions studying pain, the body, and the sociology of health and illness.
- Chapter 1: Historical Perspectives on Pain
- Chapter 2: Sociological Theory, Concepts and Pain
- Chapter 3: The Experience of Pain
- Chapter 4: Care and Care Services for Pain
- Chapter 5: Structures of Diversity and Pain
- Chapter 6: Pain as an Contested Experience
- Chapter 7: Emotional Pain and Suffering
- Chapter 8: Health Professionals’ Experience of Pain
- Chapter 9 Conclusion
Hannah Bradby, Uppsala University, Sweden
"Given that the topic of pain covers such a vast spectrum including culture, religion, politics, science, medicine, and the arts, amongst others, this book does an impressive job of summarising these various, often conflicting, elements, giving the reader an excellent overview of its diverse philosophies. A must–read for those with a genuine interest in learning more about the field of pain."
Paul Cameron, University of Dundee