Reimagining (Bio)Medicalization, Pharmaceuticals and Genetics : Old Critiques and New Engagements
In recent years medicalization, or to put it simply: the process of making something medical, has gained considerable ground and a position in everyday discourse. In this multidisciplinary collection of original essays, the authors expertly consider how issues around medicalization have developed, ways in which it is changing, and the potential shapes it will take in the future. They develop a unique argument that medicalization, biomedicalization, pharmaceuticalization, and geneticization are related and co-evolving processes, present throughout the globe. This is an ideal addition to courses on the sociology of medicine.