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Is the Cult of Health our New Religion?

05.24.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

Here’s my answer Health may well have become “our new salvation” (Williams 1998: 440), which we try to achieve through consumerist rituals that are imbued with magical powers. In this respect the healthy body has indeed become a major new religious territory. But there are important differences to traditional religiosity. The new consumerist self-religiosity of ...

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maybe the last word on Parsons’ sick role…

07.14.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

… not because I could claim any authority to have the last word on the subject, but because it’s unlikely academic journals can be persuaded to publish yet another paper on the matter. Out now: ‘Talcott Parsons, the Sick Role and Chronic Illness’, Body & Society, 16, 2, 2010, 72-94. Here’s the abstract: Parsons’ sick role ...

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