Social, Political and Cultural Dimensions of Health

Social, Political and Cultural Dimensions of Health

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Social, Political and Cultural Dimensions of Health by Kevin Dew, Anne Scott, Allison Kirkman

This book comprehensively explores social, political and cultural dimensions of health in contemporary society. It addresses many issues and pertinent questions, including the following: Are we over diagnosed and over medicated? How can patients participate in their own care? Do pharmaceutical companies coerce us into medication regimes? What drives inequalities in health outcomes? What is the experience of health care for indigenous communities? Why do different countries have such different health care systems? How do we respond to life-changing conditions? Can we achieve a ‘good death’? How do new genetics shape our identities? Is public health a force of liberation or disempowerment?
The book incorporates the range of levels of influence on health, covering individual patient experiences, the health professions, multinational corporations, the state, global organisations as well as examining trends in social organisation, cultural expression and technological developments. It volume provides an accessible, yet in-depth, overview and discussion of the sociology of health. The chapters include an illustrative case study and further readings relating to the topic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319810546
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 05/31/2018
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 247
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kevin Dew, PhD, is professor of sociology at Victoria University of Wellington, and before that was a lecturer in public health at the Wellington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is a founding member of the Applied Research on Communication in Health (ARCH) group. Current research activities include studies of interactions between health professionals and patients, and the social meanings of medications, which are supported by research grants from major funding bodies. He is on the international advisory boards of Sociology of Health and Illness and Critical Public Health, the editorial boards of The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health and New Zealand Sociology and is an associate editor of Kotuitui, the New Zealand Royal Society social science journal. His authored books include The Cult and Science of Public Health: A Sociological Investigation, Borderland practices: Regulating Alternative Therapy in New Zealand, and Sociology of Health in New Zealand (with Allison Kirkman) and was a co-editor of the following publications: Health Inequalities in Aotearoa New Zealand (edited with Anna Matheson) Health and society in Aotearoa New Zealand (edited with Peter Davis) and Challenging Science: Issues for New Zealand Society in the 21st Century (edited with Ruth Fitzgerald).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction.- Chapter 2. Health Consumers and the Medical Encounter.- Chapter 3. Inequalities in Health.- Chapter 4. The Health of Indigenous Communities and Migrant Groups.- Chapter 5. Institutions of Health Care.- Chapter 6. Health Work.- Chapter 7. Medicalisation and Contested Illnesses.- Chapter 8. Pharmaceuticals.- Chapter 9. Chronic Illness and Disability.- Chapter 10. Death and Dying.- Chapter 11. Sexuality and Sexual Behaviour.- Chapter 12. Mental Health and Social Control.- Chapter 13. Technology and Health.- Chapter 14. New Genetics and Risk.- Chapter 15. Promoting Public Health.- Chapter 16. Health and the Media.- 17. Conclusion.

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