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Health / Edition 1
     

Health / Edition 1

by Mildred Blaxter
 

ISBN-10: 0745630839

ISBN-13: 9780745630830

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Wiley

This book provides a comprehensive and highly readable 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 and theoretical approaches from the USA, Britain, France, Germany, and other

Overview

This book provides a comprehensive and highly readable 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 and theoretical approaches from the USA, Britain, France, Germany, and other countries.

Throughout the text special emphasis is given to the lay perspective to show how people themselves think about and experience health and illness. The author 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 social capital, the risk society and theories of evolutionary biology. The book concludes with a thought-provoking discussion of the impact of new knowledge and technology on our understanding of health and illness in the contemporary world.

Health will be 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:
9780745630830
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Series:
Key Concepts Series , #33
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

1. How is health defined?.

2. How is health constructed?.

3. How is health experienced?.

4. How is health enacted?.

5. How is health related to social systems?.

6. Where is the concept of health going in the contemporary world?.

7. Conclusion.

Index

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