The pharmaceuticalisation of society? A framework for analysis
Williams, Simon J., Martin, Paul and Gabe, Jonathan. (2011) The pharmaceuticalisation of society? A framework for analysis. Sociology of Health & Illness, Vol.33 (No.5). pp. 710-725. ISSN 0141-9889Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9566.2011.01320.x
Drawing on insights from both medical sociology and science and technology studies this article provides a critical analysis of the nature and status of pharmaceuticalisation in terms of the following key dimensions and dynamics: (i) the redefinition or reconfiguration of health 'problems' as having a pharmaceutical solution; (ii) changing forms of governance; (iii) mediation; (iv) the creation of new techno-social identities and the mobilisation of patient or consumer groups around drugs; (v) the use of drugs for non-medical purposes and the creation of new consumer markets; and, finally, (vi) drug innovation and the colonisation of health futures. Pharmaceuticalisation, we argue, is therefore best viewed in terms of a number of heterogeneous socio-technical processes that operate at multiple macro-levels and micro-levels that are often only partial or incomplete. The article concludes by drawing out some broader conceptual and reflexive issues this raises as to how we might best understand pharmaceuticalisation, based on our analysis, as a framework for future sociological work in this field.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Drugs -- Social aspects -- Great Britain, Pharmaceutical industry, Social medicine -- Great Britain, Drug utilization -- Great Britain, Health behavior -- Great Britain|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Sociology of Health & Illness|
|Official Date:||July 2011|
|Page Range:||pp. 710-725|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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