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The Handbook of Social Studies in Health and Medicine

The Handbook of Social Studies in Health and Medicine

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October 1999 | 546 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'Designed for students and professionals in the social sciences and health fields, this handbook is easy to use when searching for specific ideas, theorists and topics and contains helpful diagrams which make understanding easier… overall it provides a wealth of knowledge' - Healthmatters

This is the first international and inter-disciplinary social science Handbook on health and medicine. Five years in the making, and building on the insights and advice of an international editorial board, the book brings together world-class figures to provide an indispensable, comprehensive resource book on social science, health and medicine.

Pinpointing the focal issues of research and debate in one volume, the material is organized into three sections: social and cultural frameworks of analysis; the experience of health and illness; and health care systems and practices. Each section consists of specially commissioned chapters designed to examine the vital conceptual and methodological practice and policy issues. Readers receive not only a complete survey of social science, health and medicine in one volume, they are further provided with an authoritative guide to methodologies, key concepts, central theoretical traditions and an agenda for future research and practice.

The Handbook answers the need, expressed by social scientists and medical practitioners, for an authoritative, inter-disciplinary study which demonstrates the contribution and promise of social science disciplines in the crucial and rapidly changing field of health and medicine. The book will also be of interest to nurses, students in physical therapy, occupational therapy, epidemology, primary care and public health. The Handbook signals the coming of age of the social sciences in the arenas of medicine and health studies

Gary L Albrecht, Ray Fitzpatrick and Susan C Scrimshaw
Bryan S Turner
The History of the Changing Concepts of Health and Illness
Outline of a General Model of Illness Categories

David Armstrong
Social Theorizing about Health and Illness
Robert A Rubinstein, Susan C Scrimshaw and Suzanne E Morrisey
Classification and Process in Sociomedical Understanding
Towards a Multilevel View of Sociomedical Methodology

Deborah Lupton
The Social Construction of Medicine and the Body
Ralph Catalano and Kate E Pickett
A Taxonomy of Research Concerned with Place and Health
Emily C Zielinski Guti[ac]errez and Carl Kendall
The Globalization of Health and Disease
The Health Transition and Global Change

Johannes Siegrist
The Social Causation of Health and Illness
Stephanie A Robert and James S House
Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health
Integrating Individual-, Community-, and Societal-Level Theory and Research

Sandra D Lane and Donald A Cibula
Gender and Health
Carroll L Estes and Karen W Linkins
Critical Perspectives on Health and Aging
Sarah Cunningham-Burley and Mary Boulton
The Social Context of the New Genetics
Ann McElroy and Mary Ann Jezewski
Cultural Variation in the Experience of Health and Illness
Robert T Trotter II
Ethnography and Network Analysis
The Study of Social Context in Cultures and Societies

Arthur Kleinman and Don Seeman
Personal Experience of Illness
Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good and Byron J Good
Clinical Narratives and the Study of Contemporary Doctor-Patient Relationships
Margaret Lock
Accounting for Disease and Distress
Morals of the Normal and Abnormal

Kathy Charmaz
Experiencing Chronic Illness
Gary L Albrecht and Lois M Verbrugge
The Global Emergence of Disability
Hel[ac]ena Ragon[ac]e and Sharla K Willis
Reproduction and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Judith D Kasper
Health-Care Utilization and Barriers to Health Care
Colleen A McHorney
Concepts and Measurement of Health Status and Health-Related Quality of Life
Thomas R Prohaska, Karen E Peters and Jan S Warren
Health Behavior
From Research to Community Practice

David Coburn and Evan Willis
The Medical Profession
Knowledge, Power, and Autonomy

Donald W Light
The Sociological Character of Health-Care Markets
Ren[ac]ee C Fox
Medical Uncertainty Revisited
Sarah Cant and Ursula Sharma
Alternative Health Practices and Systems
Linda M Whiteford and Lois LaCivita Nixon
Comparative Health Sytems
Emerging Convergences and Globalization

Angela Coulter and Ray Fitzpatrick
The Patient's Perspective Regarding Appropriate Health Care
Deena White
Consumer and Community Participation
A Reassessment of Process, Impact and Value

Lu Ann Aday
An Expanded Conceptual Framework of Equity
Implications for Assessing Health Policy

Stephen Harrison and Michael Moran
Resources and Rationing
Managing Supply and Demand in Health Care

Steven Lewis, Marcel Saulnier and Marc Renaud
Reconfiguring Health Policy
Simple Truths, Complex Solutions


`'The collection will offer a unique range of work, both in terms of topics and of theoretical perspectives, written by leading scholars from around the world. It will be an essential resource for teaching and research' - Mel Bartley, Principal Research Fellow, University College, London

`This impressive collection gives a unique insight into current debates in the social sciences in the broad domain of health, illness and health care. By bringing together the perspectives of leading North American, European and Australasian scholars, focusing on social and cultural issues, the text provides the reader with a rich tapestry of stimulating ideas and analyses of great value' - Ian Robinson, Director for the Study of Health, Sickness and Disablement, Brunel University

`Society has growing expectations in terms of health. The editors and contributors to this handbook are to be congratulated on providing an essential route-map for the social sciences who will play a central role in future debates on health and health care' - Denny Vågerö, Professor of Medical Sociology, Stockholm University

"The Handbook of Social Studies in Health & Medicine is a must for the practitioner and teacher of social science of health and medical care. To read it is to be updated and upgraded concerning theory, empirical findings and policy implications. To have it on the shelf means ready reference to current comprehensive thinking and applications. The Handbook can also be readily adopted as a basic text for upper division and graduate classes in medical sociology and anthropology as well as for social science classes in public health, nursing, medicine, allied health sciences or health care policy and management." 

Ronald Andersen
UCLA School of Health

Easy to navigate chapters. Well written and easy to read

Miss Julie Anderson
Health , Tyne Metropolitan College
August 31, 2016

This book is a good resource and one which I think the students will find useful in their studies

Mrs Shona Floyd
Health & Social Care, Peterborough Regional College
August 8, 2016

A complementary book to my lectures on Health and Medicine.

Dr Joana Almeida
Centre for Criminology and Sociology, Royal Holloway, University of London
August 30, 2015

Interesting comparative material.

Professor Pedro Correia
Public Administration, University of Lisbon
July 26, 2014

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