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'This textbook is a great resource for lecturers willing to introduce the sociology of health and medicine to undergraduate students. The further reading unmistakably helps in planning tutorials and seminars. Overall, the textbook could serve as a guide for students interested in producing graduate projects on the sociology of health.'
'In an increasingly globalised world Understanding the Sociology of Health provides insights into diverse cultural and social understandings of what it means to be ‘healthy’ and health care policy in different parts of the world. This challenges ‘common sense’ assumptions around ‘health’ and what is meant by ‘healthcare’ and encourages students to engage with a wide range of sociological concepts, debates and theories.'
'This book is comprehensive but not too cluttered with information that can be found elsewhere. It is clearly written with links to a range of resources allowing various levels of engagement with the material for learners and teachers. The ‘boxes’ with essential information, summaries and questions are most useful and make Understanding the Sociology of Health that much more attractive.'
'This latest edition continues to provide a very useful introduction to understanding the breadth and depth of the sociology of health, especially for students and those new to the subject. The new chapter focusing on health technologies is particularly salient and provides a useful critical exploration of the topic.'
'This book provides excellent introductory points to assist niche researchers in the understanding and learning of the sociology of health. The arguments, discussion about several important issues within the sociology of health are from a variety of social-cultural perspectives. The systematic structure is attractive and easy to understand. I would certainly recommend the book for those who are engaged in health research.'
'After reviewing SAGE’s Understanding the Sociology of Health: An Introduction, the 4th edition by Anne-Marie Barry and Chris Yuill, one can draw the conclusion that it is essential to incorporate a sociological view on health, illness and wellness in society to ensure a full-rounded or integrated approach. It is an easy read with a very practical structure which makes it easier for any reader, from academic to student to practitioner, to not only understand the sociological theoretical base but to also bring it to practice through case studi
Excellent overview of sociology of health useful for those who are studying to become a health professional.
This is an accessible, and informative book which introduces and explains the key themes of the subject
This may be a good book in terms of the relationship society-body-health but I lead a Global Health Course and in my opinion the book falls short of exploring complex societal issues and the relationship to the body and health in various contexts (e.g. complexity and heterogeneity aspects of the relationship society-health)