The Sociology of Health and Illness / Edition 1

The Sociology of Health and Illness / Edition 1

by Sarah Nettleton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745608949

ISBN-13: 9780745608945

Pub. Date: 10/05/1995

Publisher: Wiley

"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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745608945
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/05/1995
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction : the changing domains of the sociology of health and illness1
2The social construction of medical knowledge13
3Lay health beliefs, lifestyles and risk33
4The experience of chronic illness and disability71
5The sociology of the body104
6The sociology of lay-professional interactions137
7Social inequalities and health status169
8Late modernism and the changing social relations of formal health care work203
9Sociological analyses of contemporary developments in UK health policy : a new paradigm for health care?233

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