Constructions of Health and Illness: European Perspectives

Constructions of Health and Illness: European Perspectives

by Ian Shaw
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754632768

ISBN-13: 9780754632764

Pub. Date: 05/01/2004

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

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…  See more details below

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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:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
05/01/2004
Series:
Global Health Series
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
List of figures and tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1The work of pathologists : visualisation of disease and control of uncertainty4
2Constructing risk : rumour as a resource for medical sociology16
3Lay understandings of health : a qualitative study26
4Self-rated health in Moscow and Helsinki44
5Pragmatism, globalism and culturalism : health pluralism of Chinese people in Britain65
6Shifting views of depression : analysing people's accounts of their suffering80
7The construction of lay resistance to vaccination89
8Pain, loss and collective action : health consumer groups and the policy process107
9The medicalisation of unhappiness? The management of mental distress in primary care124
Index137

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