Deviance and Medicalization: From Badness to Sickness

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Temple University Press, 20 .. 2010 - 352 ˹
This classic text on the nature of deviance, originally published in 1980, is now reissued with a new Afterword by the authors. In this new edition of their award-winning book, Conrad and Schneider investigate the origins and contemporary consequences of the medicalization of deviance. They examine specific casesmadness, alcoholism, opiate addiction, homosexuality, delinquency, and child abuseand draw out their theoretical and policy implications. In a new chapter, the authors address developments in the last decadeincluding AIDS, domestic violence, co-dependency, hyperactivity in children, and learning disabilitiesand they discuss the fate of medicalization in the 1990s with the changes in medicine and continued restrictions on social services.
 

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1 Deviance definitions and the medical profession
1
changing designations of deviance and social control
17
the emergence of mental Illness
38
drunkenness Inebriety and the disease concept
73
the fall and rise of medical Involvement
110
delinquency hyperactivity and child abuse
145
from sin to sickness to lifestyle
172
the search for the born criminal and the medical control of criminality
215
consequences for society
241
10 A theoretical statement on the medlcalization of deviance
261
a decade later
277
Bibliography
293
Author Index
311
Subject Index
317
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Peter Conrad is Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University. He has also co-edited Health and Health Care In Developing Countries (Temple) with Eugene B. Gallagher.

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