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Social Causes of Health and Disease / Edition 1
     

Social Causes of Health and Disease / Edition 1

by William Cockerham
 

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ISBN-10: 0745635881

ISBN-13: 9780745635880

Pub. Date: 10/28/2007

Publisher: Wiley

In this exciting new book, William Cockerham, a leading medical sociologist, assesses the evidence that social factors have direct causal effects on health and many diseases. He argues that stress, poverty, unhealthy lifestyles, and unpleasant living and work conditions can all be directly associated with illness.

Noting a new emphasis upon social structure in

Overview

In this exciting new book, William Cockerham, a leading medical sociologist, assesses the evidence that social factors have direct causal effects on health and many diseases. He argues that stress, poverty, unhealthy lifestyles, and unpleasant living and work conditions can all be directly associated with illness.

Noting a new emphasis upon social structure in both theory and multi-level research techniques, he argues that a paradigm shift is now emerging in 21st century medical sociology, which looks beyond individual explanations for health and disease.

As the old gives way to the new in medical sociology, the field is headed toward a fundamentally different orientation. William Cockerham's clear and compelling account is at the forefront of these changes.

This lively and accessible book offers a coherent introduction to social epidemiology, as well as challenging aspects of the existing literature. It will be indispensable reading for all students and scholars of medical sociology, especially those with the courage to confront the possibility that society really does make people sick.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745635880
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents.

Preface.

Chapter One: The Social Causation of Health and Disease.

Chapter Two: Theorizing About Health and Disease.

Chapter Three: Health Lifestyles.

Chapter Four: The Power of Class.

Chapter Five: Class and Health: Explaining the Relationship.

Chapter Six: Age, Gender, and Race/Ethnicity as Structural Variables.

Chapter Seven: Living Conditions and Neighborhood Disadvantage.

Chapter Eight: Health and Social Capital.

Concluding Remarks.

References

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