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A Passion for SocietyHow We Think about Human Suffering$
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Iain Wilkinson and Arthur Kleinman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520287228

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520287228.001.0001

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(p.189) Conclusion
A Passion for Society

Iain Wilkinson

Arthur Kleinman

University of California Press

This chapter provides a review of our book’s arguments. These are contextualized with reference to “the social question” and how this might be reconfigured to address the demands of our day. We outline some of the key challenges facing twenty-first-century social science, especially where problems of social suffering are set as a prime concern. Here we welcome more recent calls for the redevelopment of more “public” and “engaged” forms of sociology and anthropology. At the same time, however, we emphasize the need for these to be more heavily involved with combatting the harms done to populations through global social suffering and in delivering real and effective practices of care for all people.

Keywords:   the social question, public sociology, engaged anthropology, social suffering, social care

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