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Key Concepts in Medical Sociology

Second Edition


March 2013 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"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."
- 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.
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: SOCIAL PATTERNING OF HEALTH
Graham Scambler
Social Class
Ellen Annandale
Gender
James Y. Nazroo
Ethnicity
Sally Macintyre and Anne Ellaway
Place
Graham Scambler
Material and Cultural Factors
Antonia Bifulco
Psychosocial Factors
Antonia Bifulco
Life Events
Roberto De Vogli, Ted Schrecker and Ronald Labonté
Neo-liberal Globalization and Health Inequalities
Tarani Chandola
Ageing and the Life Course
Orla McDonnell
Social Capital
 
PART TWO: EXPERIENCE OF HEATH AND ILLNESS
Jonathan Gabe
Medicalization
Lee F. Monaghan
Illness and Health-Related Behaviour
Lee F. Monaghan and Simon J. Williams
Stigma
Simon J. Williams and Lee F. Monaghan
Embodiment
Gillian Bendelow
Emotions
Mike Bury and Lee F. Monaghan
Chronic Illness
Nicholas Watson
Disability
Mike Bury and Lee F. Monaghan
Illness Narratives
Jonathan Gabe
Risk
Mike Bury and Lee F. Monaghan
The Sick Role
Alison Pilnick
Practitioner-Client Relationships
Mary Boulton
Quality of Life
Lee F. Monaghan
Awareness Contexts
PART THREE: HEALTH, KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE  
Mike Bury
Medical Model
Orla McDonnell
Social Constructionism
Gareth H. Williams
Lay Knowledge
Jane Sandall
Reproduction
Alex Faulkner
Medical Technologies
Michael Hardey
eHealth
Rebecca Dimond and Jacqueline Hughes
Geneticization
Clare Williams and Steven P. Wainwright
Bioethics
Sarah Nettleton
Surveillance and Health Promotion
 
PART FOUR: HEALTH WORK AND THE DIVISION OF LABOUR
Mary Ann Elston and Jonathan Gabe
Medical Autonomy, Dominance and Decline
Jonathan Gabe
Trust in Medicine
Abbey Hyde
Nursing and Midwifery as Occupations
Catherine Theodosius
Social Divisions and Formal Health Care
Ivy Lynn Bourgeault
Health Professional Migration
Michael Hardey
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Catherine Theodosius
Emotional Labour
Sue Hollinrake
Informal Care
 
PART FIVE: HEALTH-CARE ORGANIZATION AND POLICY
Per Måseide
Hospitals and Health Care Organizations
Jonathan Gabe
Privatization
Jonathan Gabe
Managerialism
Jonathan Gabe
Consumerism
Gareth H. Williams
Citizenship and Health
Nick Crossley
Social Movements and Health
Jonathan Gabe
Medicines Regulation
Nicholas Mays
Evaluation
Jonathan Gabe
Malpractice

Not adopted at this time, possibly another term.

Professor Kevin Willison
Interdiscipline , LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY
June 29, 2014

A well structured and written text that introduces students to some of the sociological concepts applicable in examining health from a bio-psychosocial perspective.

Mr Peter Leadbetter
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
April 3, 2014

This book offers a comprehensive overview of key and emerging issues(conceptual, theoretical and heath care practice) in medical sociology. As a sociologist with a research interest in this area I found the book to be a helpful and informative compendium of key concepts from some of the leading contributors in their respective fields. In my opinion, this book is more suited to second and third year undergraduates. However, I think it would work well as a core textbook for postgraduate students of health studies/sociology of health.

Dr Patricia Neville
Department of Oral and Dental Science, Bristol University
January 15, 2014

A handbook for any student to have by their side as they embark on any course exploring the sociology of health, medicine and disease.

Miss Jessica Clark
School of Applied Social Science, University Campus Suffolk
November 13, 2013

An excellent book! The second edition is even better than the first! I like the new entries, including the topics of embodiment, emotions, risk, eHealth and Bioethics, to name a few!

Dr Julianne Law
School of Social Sciences, Bangor University
August 28, 2013

It could be really useful for my students, but i can not include it in the bibliography as essential as far as some of my students are not fluent enough in English yet. Anyway, it would be included as supplemental and i will encourage its reading.

Dr Elena Casado Aparicio
Sociology , Complutense University of Madrid
August 19, 2013

This is 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 to keep at hand.

Dr Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson
Faculty of Social Sciences, Lincoln University
August 5, 2013

An excellent easy read exploring the concepts of sociology.

Ms Jo Brown
Fac of Education, Health & Sciences (Kedleston), Derby University
June 17, 2013

This is a useful text for broadening students insights at level 6 and beyond

Mr Andrew Southgate
Adult Nursing Department, Canterbury Christ Church University
June 17, 2013

Key topics relevant to student module

Joan Healy
Health, Neath Port Talbot College
April 26, 2013
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