Edited by: Alan Petersen and Iain Wilkinson
From Health (London)
We live in an era saturated with the language and imagery of hope. Patient advocacy groups, welfare groups, and organizations oriented to various humanitarian causes often make direct reference to hope in their official titles and campaign bylines. “Hope” has no single defining essence or significance, rather is ascribed multiple meanings, articulations, and implications. Hope—while increasingly articulated in individualized terms—is still very often invoked in contexts of despair, foreboding, anguish, and desperation. This Special Issue attempts to bring a sociological lens to the ways in which discourses of hope are both made manifest and experienced in the contexts of health, medicine, and healthcare.
Alan Petersen and Iain Wilkinson
Editorial introduction: The sociology of hope in contexts of health, medicine, and healthcare Health (London) March 2015 19: 113-118, first published on November 17, 2014 doi:10.1177/1363459314555378