Social constructionism and medical sociology: a reply to M. R. Bury

Nicolson, M. and McLaughlin, C. (1987) Social constructionism and medical sociology: a reply to M. R. Bury. Sociology of Health and Illness, 9(2), pp. 107-126. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9566.1987.tb00307.x)

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Abstract

M. R. Bury has recently published a wide‐ranging criticism of social constructionism as it has been applied to the sociology of medicine. Bury's major misgivings are identified and replied to. It is argued that the constructionist sociology of medical knowledge is not in fact inherently weakened by incoherence or by a failure to recognise the difficulties which surround the questions of realism, reflexivity, or relativism. Nor does social constructionism necessarily cast doubt upon the sincerity of medical practitioners or the possibility of medical progress.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Nicolson, Professor Malcolm
Authors: Nicolson, M., and McLaughlin, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Social Scientists working in Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Sociology of Health and Illness
Publisher:Blackwell
ISSN:0141-9889
ISSN (Online):1467-9566

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