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date: 07 July 2020

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This article addresses the construction and development of sociology of health in Brazil. This discipline is inserted into the social space where actors, institutions, and scientific knowledge interact and theoretical narratives, methodologies, teaching, and social practices are constructed. Thus it is a part of the field of medicine, public health, and sociology. The introduction shows that sociology of health in Brazil has developed on two pillars: the field of stricto sensu sociology and a very specific area within the field of health sciences. The first section describes the background and institutionalization of the discipline in Brazil. The second analyzes the theoretical sociological schools that influenced the construction of this discipline. The third discuss the scientific output and related trends. Finally, the article ends by showing the current situation of sociology of health and its limitations within the field of health and in an interdisciplinary dialogue. The conclusion is that sociology of health currently constitutes a mature field of study, having an undeniable investigative and proactive force involving a significant number of scientists.

Keywords: sociology, sociology of health, social sciences, social sciences and health, Brazil, Brazilian sociology

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