General Theme: Nowadays the market, and neo-liberalism in general,
seems to be in disarray. With support waning for an unfettered market, various
critics are seeking alternatives. In this book, the idea is that a new way of
thinking about the economy may be productive, particularly one that does not
rely on an unregulated market to secure economic order. In this context, the
notion of a ―post-market society‖ is introduced to describe this shift in
This paper outlines the development of the sociological study of medical
autonomy and how recent reforms in medical regulation in the United Kingdom
illustrate how medical elites are proactively introducing formal performance
surveillance and appraisal mechanisms and processes within medical training as
they respond to challenges to traditional professional self-regulatory privileges,
such as greater state, inter-professional and non-medical involvement in the
governance of medical expertise.
In the last thirty years there has been an explosion of academic interest
in American sports. Colleges and universities offer courses in the
history, philosophy, sociology, economics, and literature of sports.
For twenty years I have taught a sports history class at Metropolitan
State College of Denver. As I explored the scholarship of this
burgeoning field and became familiar with Denver’s sports history,
it struck me that scholars had neglected an important part of the
American basketball experience.
We are living through a period of striking, gender-related social change
in the West as traditional distinctions between the experiences of women
and men are breaking down and being reconfigured in new, more complex
ways. This has significant, but as yet largely unexplored, implications for
health and illness. The long-established life expectancy gap between men
and women appears to be closing in many affluent societies as men begin
to ‘catch up’ with women.
The last few years have witnessed tremendous changes in the syllabi of environmentally
related courses at Advanced Level and in tertiary education. Moreover, there have been
major alterations in the way degree and diploma courses are organised in colleges and
universities. Syllabus changes reflect the increasing interest in environmental issues,
their significance in a political context and their increasing relevance in everyday life.