Key Concepts in Medical Sociology / Edition 2

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How do we understand health in relation to society? What role does culture play in shaping our experiences of, and orientation to, health and illness? How do we understand medicine and medical treatment within a sociological framework? Medical sociology is a dynamic and complex field of study, comprising many concepts which students sometimes find difficult to grasp. This title manages to successfully elucidate this conceptual terrain. The text systematically explains the key concepts that have preoccupied medical sociologists from its inception and which have shaped the field as it exists today. Thoroughly revised and updated, this second edition: - provides a systematic and accessible introduction to medical sociology - includes new relevant entries as well as classic concepts - begins each entry with a definition of the concept, then examines its origins, development, strengths and weaknesses - offers further reading guidance for independent learning - draws on international literature and examples This title has proved hugely popular among students in medical sociology as well as those undertaking professional training in health-related disciplines. It is essential reading for anyone wanting to find an easily accessible, yet critical and thoughtful, information source about the building blocks of medical sociology.

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Editorial Reviews

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This book fills an important gap in medical sociology. In an era of information overload, busy scholars and students will appreciate these accessible introductions to the field's key concepts.
Alan Petersen
Professor of Sociology, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, Australia

The second edition of Key Concepts in Medical Sociology contains a remarkable range of high level yet accessible essays. The volume will be useful to neophytes as well as seasoned academic professionals.

Peter Conrad
Harry Coplan Professor of Social Sciences, Brandeis University, USA

Maël Dieudonné
The panorama the authors have depicted is fairly complete : the trade-off between the number of concepts presented and the accuracy of their analysis is probably the most delicate which imposed the development of this kind of textbook , but the balance retained by the authors is convincing.
Alan Petersen
Fills an important gap in medical sociology. In an era of information overload, busy scholars and students will appreciate these accessible introductions to the field's key concepts.
Peter Conrad

The second edition of Key Concepts in Medical Sociology contains a remarkable range of high level yet accessible essays. The volume will be useful to neophytes as well as seasoned academic professionals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857024787
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Series: SAGE Key Concepts Series
  • Edition description: Second Editon
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 229
  • Sales rank: 907,112
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Social Class - Graham Scambler
Gender - Ellen Annandale
Ethnicity - James Y. Nazroo
Place - Sally Macintyre and Anne Ellaway
Material and Cultural Factors - Graham Scambler
Psychosocial Factors - Antonia Bifulco
Life Events - Antonia Bifulco
Neo-liberal Globalization and Health Inequalities - Roberto De Vogli, Ted Schrecker and Ronald Labonté
Ageing and the Life Course - Tarani Chandola
Social Capital - Orla McDonnell
Medicalization - Jonathan Gabe
Illness and Health-Related Behaviour - Lee F. Monaghan
Stigma - Lee F. Monaghan and Simon J. Williams
Embodiment - Simon J. Williams and Lee F. Monaghan
Emotions - Gillian Bendelow
Chronic Illness - Mike Bury and Lee F. Monaghan
Disability - Nicholas Watson
Illness Narratives - Mike Bury and Lee F. Monaghan
Risk - Jonathan Gabe
The Sick Role - Mike Bury and Lee F. Monaghan
Practitioner-Client Relationships - Alison Pilnick
Quality of Life - Mary Boulton
Awareness Contexts - Lee F. Monaghan
Medical Model - Mike Bury
Social Constructionism - Orla McDonnell
Lay Knowledge - Gareth H. Williams
Reproduction - Jane Sandall
Medical Technologies - Alex Faulkner eHealth - Michael Hardey
Geneticization - Rebecca Dimond and Jacqueline Hughes
Bioethics - Clare Williams and Steven P. Wainwright
Surveillance and Health Promotion - Sarah Nettleton
Medical Autonomy, Dominance and Decline - Mary Ann Elston and Jonathan Gabe
Trust in Medicine - Jonathan Gabe
Nursing and Midwifery as Occupations - Abbey Hyde
Social Divisions and Formal Health Care - Catherine Theodosius
Health Professional Migration - Ivy Lynn Bourgeault
Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Michael Hardey
Emotional Labour - Catherine Theodosius
Informal Care - Sue Hollinrake
Hospitals and Health Care Organizations - Per MÃ¥seide
Privatization - Jonathan Gabe
Managerialism - Jonathan Gabe
Consumerism - Jonathan Gabe
Citizenship and Health - Gareth H. Williams
Social Movements and Health - Nick Crossley
Medicines Regulation - Jonathan Gabe
Evaluation - Nicholas Mays
Malpractice - Jonathan Gabe
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