Medical Education and Sociology of Medical Habitus: "It's not about the Stethoscope!" is a new and outstanding contribution to understanding the working life of junior doctors. Here Dr Haida Luke uses a medical sociological framework to help us understand how young doctors fresh out of medical school enter the medical culture as junior doctors and begin the rapid professional education and intense enculturation processes. What sets Medical Education and Sociology of Medical Habitus: "It's not about the Stethoscope!" apart from other works in this area is that it opens out the field of research in sociology and inserts junior medical doctor culture right into medical sociology and professional medical education.
Central to this analysis are Dr Haida Luke's innovative use of Pierre Bourdieu's sociological framework and the concept of habitus. This volume challenges many of the myths of the medical cultural experiences and socialising forces that are an integral part of early medical training. Researchers in medical and educational social sciences whose research and teaching relate to issues of professional education, management, or research in health and medical sociology will find this work useful. Clinicians involved in medical education will also relate to the junior doctors' voices and will find the application of sociology to a medical clinical environment constructive.