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A Passion for Society: How We Think about Human Suffering

Iain Wilkinson and Arthur Kleinman


A Passion for Society explores the historical development and current condition of social science, focusing on how it has been shaped in response to problems of social suffering. Following a line of criticism offered by key social theorists who were unhappy with the professionalization of social science, this book provides a critical commentary on how studies of human social life have moved from an original concern with social suffering and its amelioration to dispassionate inquiries into society for their own sake. It offers a standpoint on the potential for terms of social investigation and ... More

Keywords: social suffering, humanitarianism, social care, social science, sociology, medical anthropology, social theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780520287228
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520287228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Iain Wilkinson, author
University of Kent

Arthur Kleinman, author