Health / Edition 2

Health / Edition 2

by Mildred Blaxter
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0745648460

ISBN-13: 9780745648460

Pub. Date: 03/29/2010

Publisher: Wiley

The second edition of Mildred Blaxter's successful and highly respected book offers a comprehensive and engaging introduction to the key debates surrounding the concept of health today. It discusses how health is defined, constructed, experienced and acted out in contemporary developed societies, drawing on a range of empirical data from the USA, Britain, France,

Overview

The second edition of Mildred Blaxter's successful and highly respected book offers a comprehensive and engaging introduction to the key debates surrounding the concept of health today. It discusses how health is defined, constructed, experienced and acted out in contemporary developed societies, drawing on a range of empirical data from the USA, Britain, France, and many other countries.

The new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, with new material added on health and identity, the "new genetics", the sociology of the body, and the formation of health capital throughout the life course. The topic is the concept of health, rather than the more usual emphasis on illness and health-care systems. Special emphasis is given to the lay perspective to show how people themselves think about and experience health. Blaxter guides students through all the relevant conceptual models of the relationship of health to the structure of society, from inequality in health to the ideas of the risk society, the 'socio-biological translation' and the contribution of health to social capital. The book concludes with a comprehensively revised and thought-provoking discussion of the impact of new technology, the boundaries between life and death, modern commodification of health, technological transformations of the body and theories of evolutionary biology.

Health is an invaluable textbook for students of medicine and other health professions as well as those studying sociology, health sciences and health promotion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745648460
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/29/2010
Series:
Key Concepts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1How is Health Defined?4
Health as the absence of illness5
Normal illness6
Disease as deviance6
Health as balance or homeostasis7
Health as function8
Health as state or status9
The biomedical model10
Contemporary biomedicine14
The social model16
Health, disease, illness and sickness19
How is health measured?22
2How is Health Constructed?26
Health as social construction26
Constructions of history29
Constructions of culture34
Constructivism and feminism37
Illness as deviance39
The critique of relativism42
3How is Health Experienced?45
Lay concepts of health45
Lay definitions48
Self-rated health53
Concepts of the causes of health and illness55
The search for meaning60
Health as moral discourse and metaphor62
Responsibility for health64
Health histories and health capital66
Illness as narrative: health and illness accounts67
Lay concepts and behaviour70
4How is Health Enacted?71
The rise and fall of 'illness behaviour'72
Person to patient: help-seeking behaviour75
Enacting the illness role78
Behaving 'healthily'83
Structure/agency: health as cultural consumption85
Structure/agency: health as self-governance88
5How is Health Related to Social Systems?91
A functional relationship92
Responses to functionalism94
Medicine and society95
Health, economic development and social organization98
The downside of economic development101
The concept of inequality in health103
The nature and extent of inequalities108
The causes of inequality111
The socio-biologic translation113
Neo-materialist explanations116
Social capital117
6Where is the Concept of Health Going in the Contemporary World?122
Changing boundaries between ill and not-ill123
Changing boundaries of life and death129
Changing boundaries between self and not-self131
The information revolution and the definition of the patient135
Health and illness in the postmodern world137
The risk society140
Evolutionary medicine144
Conclusion148
References152
Index162

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