Lay experiences of health and illness: past research and future agendas.

@article{Lawton2003LayEO,
  title={Lay experiences of health and illness: past research and future agendas.},
  author={Julia Lawton},
  journal={Sociology of health & illness},
  year={2003},
  volume={25},
  pages={
          23-40
        }
}
This article presents an overview and appraisal of work published during the 25-year history of Sociology of Health and Illness that has contributed to our understandings of lay experiences of health and illness. It highlights an important and welcome shift from an 'outsider' perspective as epitomised in the Parsonian concept of the 'sick role' to one that focuses directly upon people's subjective experiences within the contexts of their daily lives. Particular attention is paid to the ways in… CONTINUE READING

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