Constructions of Health and Illness: European Perspectives

Constructions of Health and Illness: European Perspectives

by Ian Shaw, Kaisa Kauppinen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754632768

ISBN-13: 9780754632764

Pub. Date: 05/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The social construction of health and illness has come to be one of the major lines of investigation in medical sociology. Attempting to provide representation to the main strands of the field, Shaw (School of Sociology and Social Policy, U. of Nottingham, UK) and Kauppinen (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, U. of Helsinki, Finland) collect nine papers that

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The social construction of health and illness has come to be one of the major lines of investigation in medical sociology. Attempting to provide representation to the main strands of the field, Shaw (School of Sociology and Social Policy, U. of Nottingham, UK) and Kauppinen (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, U. of Helsinki, Finland) collect nine papers that investigate, among other topics, comparative lay understandings of health in Moscow and Helsinki, the growing medicalization of understandings of depression, justifications offered by lay people in their resistance to vaccination, and how understandings of health impact the way Chinese people in Britain differentially use Chinese and western medicine. Annotation © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754632764
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
Global Health Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributorsvii
List of Figures and Tablesviii
Acknowledgementsix
Introduction1
1.The Work of Pathologists: Visualisation of Disease and Control of Uncertainty4
2.Constructing Risk: Rumour as a Resource for Medical Sociology16
3.Lay Understandings of Health: A Qualitative Study26
4.Self-Rated Health in Moscow and Helsinki44
5.Pragmatism, Globalism and Culturalism: Health Pluralism of Chinese People in Britain65
6.Shifting Views of Depression: Analysing People's Accounts of their Suffering80
7.The Construction of Lay Resistance to Vaccination89
8.Pain, Loss and Collective Action: Health Consumer Groups and the Policy Process107
9.The Medicalisation of Unhappiness? The Management of Mental Distress in Primary Care124
Index137

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