Below is a selection of recently published books which the Editorial Team at MSo think are of interest to the MedSoc community.

We would welcome formal reviews of any of these publications or alternatively you may add a brief comment here, below the details.

Active Ageing: Voluntary Work by Older People in Europe by Andrea Principi, Per H. Jensen and Giovanni Lamura

‘Active ageing’ has become a key phrase in discourses about challenges and remedies for demographic ageing and the enrolment of older adults into voluntary work is an important dimension of it. The pattern and factors conditioning volunteering among older people has so far been an under-researched topic in Europe and this is the first book to study volunteering among older people comparatively
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Pharmaceutical Research, Democracy and Conspiracy by Edison Bicudo

Studies of phenomena such as clinical trials usually focus on either the mechanisms involved in conducting or regulating operations at the global level, or ethical issues concerning the exploitation of individuals at the local level. In Pharmaceutical Research, Democracy and Conspiracy, Edison Bicudo examines the connections between global and local scales, exploring how it’s possible for social
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The Protection of Children, Second Edition, with 2014 Preface - Robert Dingwall

This book has not been easily available in print for many years, but it has long been regarded as an important contribution to the study of child abuse and neglect, and legal and social responses to it.
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The Social Organisation of Health Visitor Training - Robert Dingwall

A book that was hard to find but much cited and well reviewed finds a new home at Quid Pro Books, in multiple digital formats, as a Digitally Remastered Book.™ Its digital edition features new material, too.

Robert Dingwall’s classic and original study of the training of health visitors (public health nurses) in the UK is now available in a convenient ebook edition, featuring linked chapter endnotes, all tables from the print edition, linked and detailed subject Index, and active Contents. The new digital edition adds a substantive, explanatory 2014 Preface by the author.
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‘Social class in later life: Power, identity and lifestyle’ Edited by Marvin Formosa and Paul Higgs

"An exciting collection, which successfully sets out to re-invigorate the consideration of class in gerontology. The editors have done a fantastic job of bringing the diverse positions adopted by the contributors into dialogue with each other." Professor James Nazroo, Sociology and CCSR, University of ManchesterAttention to social class is a major issue confronting the study of ageing in the 21st century,
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Living with HIV and Dying with AIDS: Diversity, Inequality and Human Rights in the Global Pandemic - Lesley Doyal with Len Doyal


As you will be aware there is now a vast literature on HIV and AIDS but much of it is based on traditional biomedical or epidemiological approaches. Hence it tells us very little about the experiences of the millions of people whose living and dying constitute the reality of this devastating pandemic. Living with HIV and Dying with AIDS: diversity, inequality and human rights brings together findings from a wide range of studies spanning the social sciences to explore experiences of HIV positive people across the world.
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War and Embodied Memory: Becoming Disabled in Sierra Leone - Maria Berghs

How do you become an 'amputee', 'war-wounded', 'victim' or 'disabled' person? This book describes how an amputee and war-wounded community was created after a decade long conflict (1991-2002) in Sierra Leone. Beginning with a general socio-cultural and historical analysis of what is understood by impairment and disability, it also explains how disability was politically created both during the conflict and post-conflict, as violence became part of the everyday. Despite participating in the neoliberal rebuilding of the nation state, ex-combatants and the security of the nation were the government’s main priorities, not amputee and war-wounded people.

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