Key Concepts in Medical Sociology
- Jonathan Gabe - Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
- Lee Monaghan - University of Limerick, Ireland
SAGE Key Concepts series
Community / Public Health Nursing | Public Health | Sociology of Health and Illness
- Alan Petersen, Monash University
"A handbook for any student to have by their side as they embark on any course exploring the sociology of health, medicine and disease."
- Jessica Clark, University Campus Suffolk
"A really useful collection of concise, accessible and informative mini essays on a range of medical concepts and conceptualisations. The book is ideal for students, including those following health professional courses, and for more seasoned academics and scholars. A very handy volume."
- Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson, Lincoln University
How do we understand health in relation to society? What role does culture play in shaping our experiences of, and orientation to, health and illness? How do we understand medicine and medical treatment within a sociological framework?
Medical sociology is a dynamic and complex field of study, comprising many concepts which students sometimes find difficult to grasp. This title manages to successfully elucidate this conceptual terrain. The text systematically explains the key concepts that have preoccupied medical sociologists from its inception and which have shaped the field as it exists today. Thoroughly revised and updated, this second edition:
- Provides a systematic and accessible introduction to medical sociology
- Includes new relevant entries as well as classic concepts
- Begins each entry with a definition of the concept, then examines its origins, development, strengths and weaknesses
- Offers further reading guidance for independent learning
- Draws on international literature and examples.
This title has proved hugely popular among students in medical sociology as well as those undertaking professional training in health-related disciplines. It is essential reading for anyone wanting to find an easily accessible, yet critical and thoughtful, information source about the building blocks of medical sociology and the sociology of health and illness.
Fills an important gap in medical sociology. In an era of information overload, busy scholars and students will appreciate these accessible introductions to the field's key concepts.
The second edition of Key Concepts in Medical Sociology contains a remarkable range of high level yet accessible essays. The volume will be useful to neophytes as well as seasoned academic professionals.
This is a very suitable book for 1st year students as it introduces them to main and essential concepts in Medical Sociology/Sociology of Health and Illness. A must reading book.
Good book that informs on the essentials. It is broken down into sections that make it easy to locate what you are looking for.
An excellent and fascinating text
It is interesting book with up to date concepts in medical sociology,I have considered the book useful for my class with undergraduate medical students.
I have been looking for a reasonably-priced medical sociology text for a VERY long time. This has a true global perspective (not just European, not just American), meaning that students will come away with global cultural competency AND I can seamlessly supplement with information for my country and state. My only wish is that I had found it earlier!
An excellent reference source for students embarking on the study of the sociology of health, illness and disease.
Clear user friendly definitions useful for students on a range of undergraduate courses.
This is a great starting point for many sociological concepts - thank you!
Sample Materials & Chapters
Key Concepts in Medical Sociology: Social Patterning of Health