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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"Covers the topic from every angle."
Five star review in Nursing Standard

"This engaging and comprehensive textbook is the mainstay of our reading lists. It agilely appeals both to those familiar and unfamiliar with sociology. This third edition is therefore most welcome and the new material ensures contemporary resonance with the changing parameters of health and illness and the analyses required to understand them."
Sarah Cunningham-Burley, University of Edinburgh

"This new edition of Sarah Nettleton’s medical sociology textbook has several unique features allowing it to stand apart from its competitors. The chapter on the sociology of the body is simply the best account of this topic available in any textbook and the new chapter on innovative health technologies is an interesting and welcome addition. The book weaves theory, especially social constructionism, and empirical research together to provide a thorough account of medical sociology."
William C. Cockerham, University of Alabama at Birmingham

"Revised and updated for a third time, with a new chapter on health technologies, Nettleton’s The Sociology of Health and Illness remains a key textbook in the field for students and seasoned professionals alike."
Simon Williams, University of Warwick

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745628288
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/4/2006
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.72 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Nettleton is professor of sociology at the University of York, UK.

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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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