Hospital Land USA: Sociological Adventures in Medicalization

April 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

In Hospital Land USA: Sociological Adventures in Medicalization, feminist sociologist Wendy Simonds analyzes the wide-reaching powers of medicalization: the dynamic processes by which medical authorities, institutions, and ideologies impact our everyday experiences, culture, and social life. Simonds documents her own Hospital Land adventures and draws on a wide range of U.S. cultural representations — from memoirs to medical mail, from hospital signs to disaster movies — in order to urge critical thinking about conventional notions of care, health, embodiment, identity, suffering, and mortality.