Social construction of knowledge
Conrad, P. and Barker, K. (2010) The social construction of illness: key insights and policy implications. Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, 51(5), 567-579.
A useful article that describes social constructionism and presents three key findings and policy implications relating to that perspective: the cultural meaning of illness; the illness experience; medical knowledge.
Henderson, J. (2010) Expert and lay knowledge: a sociological perspective. Nutrition and Dietetics 67 (1), 4-5.
A concise summary of the implications of an understanding of lay perspectives for practice.
Nicolson, M. and McLaughlin, C. (1988) Social constructionism and medical sociology: a study of the vascular theory of multiple sclerosis. Sociology of Health and Illness 10(3), 234-261.
A really interesting article which discussed vascular and immunological views of MS as arising within specific scientific cultures.
Rose, N. (2007) Beyond Medicalisation. The Lancet, 369, 700-701. (available on eemec)
A short article that addresses the key dimensions to medicalization but also presents a critique of it as an analytic concept.
Triggle, D.J. (2007) Treating desires not diseases: a pill for every ill and an ill for every pill? Drug Discovery Today 12(3/4), 161-166.
Interesting discussion of pharmaceutical companies’ role in the social construction of disease.
Bury, M. (1982) Chronic illness as biographical disruption. Sociology of Health and Illness, 4(2) 167-182.
A seminal article that explore the experience of chronic illness through the disruption it can cause to daily life and to a person’s sense of self.
Ong, B.N., Evans, D. and Bartlam, A. (2005) A patient’s journey with myalgic encephalomyelitis. British Medical Journal, 330, 648–50.
A short article that outlines the negotiation of a shared narrative from the perspective of the patient and the doctor.
Charles, C., Whelan, T. and Gafni, A. (1999) What do we mean by partnership in making decisions about treatment? British Medical Journal, 319, 780–82.
Good discussion of what partnership can mean in practice.
Charon, R. (2001) Narrative Medicine: A model for empathy, reflection, profession and trust. Journal of the American Medical Association 286(15): 1897-1902.
Interesting summary of the relevance of a narrative approach to medical practice and relations with patients.
Really interesting article discussing the place of stories/narratives as evidence in clinical practice.
Prior, L. (2003) Belief, knowledge and expertise: the emergence of the lay expert in medical sociology. Sociology of Health and Illness, 25, 41-57.
Very interesting article discussing the growing use of the term ‘lay expert’ and argues that lay people’s expertise while valuable, is necessarily limited, being drawn only from their own experiences.