Culture, the 'sick role' and the consumption of health.

  title={Culture, the 'sick role' and the consumption of health.},
  author={Chris Shilling},
  journal={The British journal of sociology},
  volume={53 4},
This paper revisits Parsons's conception of the 'sick role' and examines the relevance of his writings on the cultural understanding of sickness to the consumption of health in the contemporary era. In terms of current developments, I focus on the development of pro-active approaches towards the healthy body, and the growth of 'information rich' consumers of health care. These have become prominent themes in sociology, and while Parsons's writings are usually viewed as anachronistic I argue… CONTINUE READING

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