Social medicine and sociology: the productiveness of antagonisms arising from maintaining disciplinary boundaries

  title={Social medicine and sociology: the productiveness of antagonisms arising from maintaining disciplinary boundaries},
  author={Richard Boulton},
  journal={Social Theory \& Health},
  • R. Boulton
  • Published 15 May 2017
  • Sociology
  • Social Theory & Health
This essay considers the boundaries between the sociology of medicine and social medicine and the reasons distinctions are maintained between the two disciplines. To investigate, the essay asks what constitutes the distinction between social sciences and social medicine, and goes on to question historical distinctions of how foundational sociology is to social medicine; how much autonomy the sociology of medicine should have; contemporary challenges to the relation between sociology and social… 
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