Sociology of Health and Health Care: An Introduction for Nurses / Edition 2

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Overview

Sociological Perspectives on Health, Illness and Health Care identifies three key issues in the sociology of health: researching health, issues surrounding illness in major client/patients groups such as children and the elderly, and the factors influencing the provision of health care. The book provides a critical evaluation of these issues and encourages the reader to critique and analyse current findings. The text presents and evaluates the current knowledge base, how this has developed and is developing, and considers health issues currently being debated (eg, inequalities in health provision). This book will provide students with access to a wide range of expertise in the sociology of health. Presented in a clear and accessible format, the book is written assuming a basic knowledge of sociology on the part of the reader.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Naoko Muramatsu
This is an advance-level book on sociology of health and illness, consisting of 12 chapters by 18 contributors from Great Britain. It is intended to serve as general ""post-introductory"" level source for use in teaching sociology of health and illness, where there are few readily available advance-level textbooks. The expected audience includes students and practitioners who already possess a working knowledge of sociology, and instructors. The book provides up-to-date, in-depth examinations of key issues and topics in the study of health and illness in contemporary Britain from a wide variety of sociological approaches, including updated conceptualization of chronic illness, social division and gender issues in relation to health, and the social context of healthcare. The readings are not intended to be introductory or comprehensive. This clear focus allows updated, in-depth sociological analysis of important issues in contemporary industrialized societies. Many of the chapters challenge prevailing assumptions in the study of health and illness, and thus are suitable for facilitating class discussions and critical thinking. Conceptual and substantive issues discussed in the context of British society provide sociologists in other countries with opportunities to critically analyze their own societal issues. This book is of high quality, despite slight variations in the depth of analysis across chapters, and is highly recommended for use in advanced sociological courses in health, illness, and aging.
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Drawing on a range of sociological perspectives, 12 papers explore issues of health and illness in contemporary Britain. Topics discussed include: the social construction of definitions of chronic and mental illnesses; the contributions of sociology to defining HIV/AIDS issues by the study of the behavior of homosexual and bisexual men; the role of social class, gender, and age in the distribution of inequality in health care opportunities; and the ways in which societal and institutional structural changes affect access to health care. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Reviewer: Naoko Muramatsu, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This is an advance-level book on sociology of health and illness, consisting of 12 chapters by 18 contributors from Great Britain.
Purpose: It is intended to serve as general "post-introductory" level source for use in teaching sociology of health and illness, where there are few readily available advance-level textbooks.
Audience: The expected audience includes students and practitioners who already possess a working knowledge of sociology, and instructors.
Features: The book provides up-to-date, in-depth examinations of key issues and topics in the study of health and illness in contemporary Britain from a wide variety of sociological approaches, including updated conceptualization of chronic illness, social division and gender issues in relation to health, and the social context of healthcare. The readings are not intended to be introductory or comprehensive. This clear focus allows updated, in-depth sociological analysis of important issues in contemporary industrialized societies. Many of the chapters challenge prevailing assumptions in the study of health and illness, and thus are suitable for facilitating class discussions and critical thinking. Conceptual and substantive issues discussed in the context of British society provide sociologists in other countries with opportunities to critically analyze their own societal issues.
Assessment: This book is of high quality, despite slight variations in the depth of analysis across chapters, and is highly recommended for use in advanced sociological courses in health, illness, and aging.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780632040933
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/29/1997
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Field is at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Leicester. Steve Taylor is Lecturer in Medical Sociology and Medical Law at King's College, London.
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 Conceptualising Chronic Illness 3
2 The Identification of Cases in Psychiatry 21
3 Asking Questions in Social Research: Theory and Method 39
4 Researching a Public Health Issue: Gay Men and AIDS 58
5 Making Sense of Socio-economic Health Inequalities 79
6 Children, Health and Illness 97
7 Health, Illness and the Politics of Gender 115
8 Health and Illness in Later Life 134
9 The Politics of Health Care Reform in Britain: A Moving Consensus? 155
10 Professionalism and Health Care 174
11 Palliative Care for All? 192
12 Unwaged Carers and the Provision of Health Care 211
Index 230
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