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This new textbook focuses on the relevance of sociology to contemporary nursing practice. Clearly written, and carefully illustrated, the book uses jargon-free explanations of sociological theories, and evidence to show how studying sociology can be useful in all branches of professional nursing practice.
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"This new edition continues to have an accessible style much neededby those students of health care new to sociology. The selectedtopics are tackled from a practitioner's perspective, withquestions at the end of each chapter to help explore and apply thematerial in more detail. A new chapter tackling the impact ofglobalization is welcomed. This is an ideal textbook for studentsof all branches of nursing and midwifery, particularly in the earlyyears, or for those revisiting the underpinning disciplinessupporting nursing practice. A relevant, enjoyable read supportedby good references and recommendations for further reading."
Jane Alderton, University of Brighton

"This clearly written introduction to sociology demonstrates therelevance of the subject to nursing. After considering socialdivisions in relation to health and health care, the book thenexplores where and how health care takes place and, finally, givesan overview of health and related government policy."
Paul Godin, City University, London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745646244
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Denny is Emeritus Professor of Health Sociology atBirmingham City University

Sarah Earle is a Lecturer at the School of Health and SocialWelfare at the Open University

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 What is sociology? 7
2 Why should nurses study sociology? 29
3 What is health? 47
4 Nursing as an occupation 66
5 Gendered concerns 87
6 Contemporary perspectives on ageing 104
7 Chronic illness, disabling barriers, discrimination and prejudice 121
8 Social class and health 140
9 Race and ethnicity 161
10 The family, health and caring 181
11 Primary care in the community 199
12 Hospitals and institutions in the community 217
13 Health policy 237
14 The management and organization of health care 253
15 Health, housing and the environment 270
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