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Biomedicalization and the Practice of Culture: Globalization and Type 2 Diabetes in the United States and Japan

Mari Armstrong-Hough


Over the last twenty years, type 2 diabetes skyrocketed to the forefront of global public health concern. In this book, Mari Armstrong-Hough examines the rise in and response to the disease in two societies: the United States and Japan. Both societies have faced rising rates of diabetes, but their social and biomedical responses to its ascendance have diverged. To explain the emergence of these distinctive strategies, Armstrong-Hough argues that physicians act not only on increasingly globalized professional standards but also on local knowledge, explanatory models, and cultural toolkits. As a ... More

Keywords: Medicalization, Sociology of culture, Sociology of health, Globalization, Biomedicalization, Japan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469646688
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646688.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mari Armstrong-Hough, author
Yale University School of Public Health