The sociology of cognitive enhancement: medicalisation and beyond

Coveney, Catherine, Gabe, Jonathan and Williams, Simon (2011) The sociology of cognitive enhancement: medicalisation and beyond. Health Sociology Review, 20 (4). pp. 381-393. ISSN 1446-1242

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Abstract

To date, sociology of health and medicine has engaged in only a limited way in debates about cognitive enhancement drugs and how they might affect or change the way we live our lives. In this review we explore the implications of the development of such drugs, both now and in the future, with particular reference to the changing drivers and dynamics of medicalisation or biomedicalisation over time. Whilst both concepts shed important light on these developments, pharmaceuticalisation provides a more precise sociological term of reference we suggest for tracing and tracking these trends in cognitive enhancing drugs over time. The paper ends with some further suggestions for a research agenda in this domain, drawing on concepts located
at the nexus between science and technology studies (STS) and the sociology of health and biomedicine.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue: Sociology of Health and Illness in the UK
Keywords: sociology; cognitive enhancement; medicalisation; biomedicalisation; pharmaceuticalisation.
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Jayne Paulin
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2015 13:53
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 13:53
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56159
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