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maria wemrell

Maria Wemrell

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maria wemrell

Contemporary Epidemiology : A Review of Critical Discussions Within the Discipline and A Call for Further Dialogue with Social Theory

Author

  • Maria Wemrell
  • Juan Merlo
  • Shai Mulinari
  • Anne-Christine Hornborg

Summary, in English

The discipline of epidemiology, which holds major influence on public health policy as well as on clinical medical practice, has in recent decades to a large extent been concerned with the identification of factors and markers of risk for disease. Much health information and intervention is thus informed by a wealth of studies on a variety of risk factors, of which the individual is encouraged to keep informed and to be responsible about. Meanwhile, risk factor epidemiology has been subject to intense debate, both within and outside the discipline. The following review offers an overview of critical intradisciplinary debates. It then opens discussion on three partially overlapping areas where social theory has been called upon to contribute to epidemiological inquiry, namely analysis of macro-social determinants of health and disease, of categories of human difference and of embodiment. The review ends with, and is motivated by, a plea for further integration of and dialogue between epidemiology and social theory.

Department/s

  • Social Epidemiology
  • History of Religions and Religious Behavioural Science
  • EpiHealth: Epidemiology for Health

Publishing year

2016

Language

English

Pages

153-171

Publication/Series

Sociology Compass

Volume

10

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Topic

  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology

Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Health
  • risk
  • intradisciplinary debate

Status

Published

Project

  • Swedish genes?
  • Multilevel analysis of individual heterogeneity

Research group

  • Social Epidemiology

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1751-9020