A New History of Identity: A Sociology of Medical Knowledge

Hardcover | September 1, 2002

byDavid Armstrong

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Medical texts provide a powerful means of accessing contemporary perceptions of illness and through them assumptions about the nature of the body and identity. By mapping these perceptions, from their 19th century focus on illness located in a biological body through to their 'discovery' of the psycho-social patient of the late 20th century, a history of identity, both physical and psychological, is revealed.

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Medical texts provide a powerful means of accessing contemporary perceptions of illness and through them assumptions about the nature of the body and identity. By mapping these perceptions, from their 19th century focus on illness located in a biological body through to their 'discovery' of the psycho-social patient of the late 20th ce...

David Armstrong is at the School of Medicine, King's College London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.36 × 6.08 × 0.76 inPublished:September 1, 2002Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0333968921

ISBN - 13:9780333968925

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Table of Contents

Constructing the Body * Negotiating Death * Discovering Origins * Making the Body Move * Creating a Social Identity * Invoking Subjectivity * Instilling Agency * Confessing Death * Dimensionalizing Identity * Becoming a Risk * Death of the Old Hospital * Birth of Primary Care * Ecce Homo * Identity of the Observer * The Subject of Knowledge