The Sociology of Health and Illness / Edition 2

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"Thoroughly revised and fully updated, the second edition of Sarah Nettleton's book will prove invaluable to anyone looking for a clear and accessible introduction to contemporary debates within the sociology of health and illness. The book builds on the first edition's success, integrating the core tenets of traditional medical sociology with some fresh insights from the current literature. New material is found throughout, including discussions of food and eating, e-health, the MMR debate, embryo stem cell research, recent approaches to health inequalities, and the health implications of the information age. Carefully annotated suggested further readings have been added to each chapter, to help extend students' learning and thinking." "A central theme which runs throughout the book is that we are moving towards a new paradigm of health and health care, one in which people are no longer passive recipients of treatment when they are ill, but are active participants in the maintenance of their own health. This is reflected in contemporary health policy which emphasizes health promotion, community health care and consumerism." The book is written for students of the social sciences who opt to study the field of health and illness in greater depth, and will also appeal to students taking vocational degrees, such as nursing, who require a sociological grounding in the area.
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"The second edition of this excellent text book has been thoroughly revised and brought up to date. It remains a clear and comprehensive text which offers a sound basis to students of medical sociology."

Mildred Blaxter, University of Bristol

"Sarah Nettleton’s Sociology of Health and Illness has become a major text for students studying medical sociology. This second edition is a welcome event. All the key topics are presented in a lively, concise and informative way. Its up-to-date treatment of changes in research and health care is essential reading for those attempting to understand matters medical in today’s fast changing environment."

Mike Bury, University of London

"Sarah Nettleton provides a well-written, engaging, and theoretically-informed discussion of health sociology in modern Britain. It is the most up-to-date account of the field available. Relying largely on a social constructionist perspective, she nevertheless blends relevant classical and contemporary theories into her explanation of key concepts and issues. In doing so, Professor Nettleton destroys the notion that health sociology is atheoretical and she accomplishes this in a highly readable and instructive work."

William C. Cockerham, University of Alabama at Birmingham

"In The Sociology of Health and Illness, Sarah Nettleton provides a lively, balanced, up-to-date introduction to medical sociology. While drawing extensively on British literature and experience, it ought to be widely adopted in the United States, where there is a need for the new perspectives being developed by our British colleagues. I would recommend it as a textbook for undergraduate sociology: it also discusses issues of interest to health economists, health services researchers, and health care policy-makers."

John B. McKinlay, Institute for Community Health Studies, Watertown

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745628271
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/4/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Nettleton is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of York.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the changing domains of the sociology of health and illness 1
2 The social construction of medical knowledge 13
3 Lay health beliefs, lifestyles and risk 33
4 The experience of chronic illness and disability 71
5 The sociology of the body 104
6 The sociology of lay-professional interactions 137
7 Social inequalities and health status 169
8 Late modernism and the changing social relations of formal health care work 203
9 Sociological analyses of contemporary developments in UK health policy : a new paradigm for health care? 233
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Interesting book for students

    The book is pretty interesting and a great sociology book.

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