The Sociology of Health and Illness Reader

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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
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Overview

"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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" This is a highly commendable and comprehensive text which explores professional, scientific and lay perspectives of health and illness. It will enhance understanding and interest for anyone pursuing studies in Sociology, Social Policy, Health Studies, Nursing, and the Allied Health Professions and Medicine." Jan Snowball, Oxford Brookes University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745622910
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/21/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Nettleton is a Senior Lecturer in the Department ofSociology at the University of York.
Ulla Gustafsson
is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Sociologyand Social Policy at the University of Surrey, Roehampton.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Bodies:.

Introduction.

1. 'Reading The Body' Paul Atkinson.

2. The Power Of The Visible: The Meaning Of Diagnostic Tests InChronic Back Pain' Lorna A. Rhodes, Carol A. Mcphillips-Tangum,Christine Markham And Rebecca Klenk.

3. 'Exchanging Spare Parts Or Becoming A New Person? People'sAttitudes Toward Receiving And Donating Organs' Margareta A.Sanner.

4. 'Social And Ethical Aspects Of In Vitro Fertilization'Elizabeth Heitman.

5. 'Reproductive Genetics, Gender And The Body: 'Please Doctor,May I Have A Normal Baby?' Elizabeth Ettorre.

6.:'A Mirage Of Genes' Peter Conrad.

7.:'A Revenge On Modern Times.Notes On Traumatic Brain Injury'David Webb.

8.:'Contemporary Hospice Care: The Sequestration Of TheUnbounded Body And Dirty Dying' Julia Lawton.

Part II: Health And Risk:.

Introduction.

9. 'The Rise Of Surveillance Medicine' David Armstrong.

10. 'Health Related Behavioural Change In Context: Young PeopleIn Transition' Stephen Pavis, Sarah Cunningham-Burley, And AmandaAmos.

11. 'Accidents And The Risk Society: Some Problems WithPrevention' Judith Green.

12. 'Invisible Women' The Importance Of Gender In Lay BeliefsAbout Heart Problems' Carol Emslie, Kate Hunt And Graham Watt.

13. 'Beliefs And Accounts Of Illness: Views From TwoCantonese-Speaking Communities In England' Lindsay Prior, Pang LaiChun And See Beng Huat.

Part III: Experiencing Illness:.

Introduction.

14. 'ME And The Medical Encounter' Lesley Cooper.

15. 'Parkinson's Disease As A Problem Of Shame In PublicAppearance' Gerhard Nijhof.

16. 'From Biographical Disruption To Biographical Reinforcement:The Case Of HIV Positive Men' DaniSle Carricaburu AndjaninePierret.

17. 'The Meaning Of Lumps: A Case Study Of The Ambiguities OfRisk' Sandra M.Gifford.

18. 'Pumping Iron: Compliance With Chelation Therapy Among YoungPeople Who Have Thalassaemia' Karl Atkin, And Waqar I. U.Ahmad.

Part IV: Social Patterning Of Health And Illness:.

Introduction.

19. 'Socio-Economic Change And Inequalities In Men And Women'sHealth In The UK' Hilary Graham.

20. 'Ethnic Inequalities In Health: A Review Of UKEpidemiological Evidence' George Davey Smith, Nish Chaturvedi,Seeromanie Harding, James Nazroo And Rory Williams.

21. 'Area, Class And Health: Should We Be Focusing On Places OrPeople?' Sally Macintyre, Sheila Maciver, And Anne Soomans.

22. 'The Psycho-Social Perspective On Social Inequalities InHealth' Jon Ivor Elstad..

Part V: Health Care Work:.

Introduction.

22. 'Medical Autonomy And The UK State 1975 - 2025' StephenHarrison, S. And Waqar I.U. Ahmad.

23. 'Humour As Resistance To Professional Dominance In CommunityMental Health Teams' Lesley Griffiths.

24. 'The State And Complementary Medicine: A ChangingRelationship' Sarah Cant And Ursula Sharma.

25. 'Working On The Front-Line Risk Culture And Nursing In TheNew NH S' Ellen Annandale.

26. Your Life In Their Hands: Trust In The Medical Encounter'Deborah Lupton.

Index.

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