The Blackwell Companion to Medical Sociology is acomprehensive collection of twenty-six original essays by leadingmedical sociologists from all over the world. The articles areorganized both topically and by region to provide thorough coverageof the concerns, issues, and future directions of the discipline.This invaluable resource is the most informed, complete, andup-to-date reference on transnational medical sociology availabletoday.
- Covers both substantive areas in medical sociology and regionalperspectives located in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East,Asia, and Africa
- First comparative perspective to provide a comprehensive viewof the field
About the Author
William C. Cockerham is Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Alabama, with dual appointments in the School of Medicine and the School of Public Health. He is the author of The Global Society (1994), The Aging Society (1996), Health and Social Change in Russia and Eastern Europe (1999), Sociology of Mental Disorder (fifth edition, 1999), and Medical Sociology (eighth edition, 2001), and co-editor of Dictionary of Medical Sociology (1997) and Readings in Medical Sociology (second edition, 2001).
Table of Contents
List of Contributors.
Part I: Substantive Topics.
1. Medical Sociology and Sociological Theory: William C.Cockerham.
2. Health and Culture: Stella Quah.
3. The Sociology of the Body: Sarah Nettleton.
4. Health and Social Stratification: Eero Lahelma.
5. Women's Health to a Gender Analysis of Health: Sara Arber andHilary Thomas.
6. Work Stress and Health: Johannes Siegrist.
7. Migration, Health, and Stress: Judith T. Shuvel.
8. Health Professions and Occupations: Elianne Riska.
9. The Convergence and Divergence of Modern Health Care Systems:Fred Stevens.
Part II: Regional Perspectives.
10. The American Health Care System: Entering the Twenty-firstCentury with High Risk, Major Challenges, and Great Opportunities:Bernice A. Pescosolido and Carol A. Boyer.
11. The Evolution of Health Care in Canada: Towards Community orCorporate Control?: B. Singh Bolaria and Harley D. Dickinson.
12. Medical Sociology in Mexico: Roberto Castro.
13. Social Science and Health in Brazil: Everardo DuarteNunes.
14. Medical Sociology in Great Britain: Ellen Annandale andDavid Field.
15. The French Paradoxes: Kristina Orfali.
16. Medical Sociology in Germany: Olaf von dem Knesbeck andJohannes Siegrist.
17. Society, Health, and Health Care in Sweden: ÖrjanHemström.
Russia and Eastern Europe.
18. The Russian Health Care Experiment: Transition of the HealthCare System and Rethinking the Sociology of Medicine: ElenaDmitrieva.
19. In and Out of Communism: The Macrosocial Context of Healthin Poland: Nina Ostrowska.
20. Transformation of the Health Care System in the CzechRepublic – A Sociological Perspective: Hana Janeckova.
21. Health and Health Care in South Africa Against an AfricanBackground: H.C.J. van Rensburg and Charles Ngwena.
22. Health, Health Care, and Medical Education in the ArabWorld: Eugene Gallagher.
23. Health and Health Care in Israel: Ofra Anson.
Asia and the Pacific Region.
24. Medicine and Health Care in Australia: Deborah Lupton.
25. Health, Illness, and Health Policy in Japan: MasahiraAnesaki and Tsunetsugu Munakata.
26. The Great Reversal: Transformation of Health Care in thePeople's Republic of China: Meei-Shia Chen.
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