Key Concepts in Medical Sociology

ISBN-10: 0857024787

ISBN-13: 9780857024787

Edition: 2nd 2013

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Description: 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.

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List price: $23.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 3/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

About the Authors
Social Patterning of Health
Social Class
Material and Cultural Factors
Psychosocial Factors
Life Events
Neoliberal Globalization and Health Inequalities
Ageing and the Lifecourse
Social Capital
Experience of Health and Illness
Illness and Health-Related Behaviour
Chronic Illness
Illness Narratives
The Sick Role
Practitioner-Client Relationships
Quality of Life
Awareness Contexts
Health, Knowledge and Practice
Medical Model
Social Constructionism
Lay Knowledge
Medical Technologies
Surveillance and Health Promotion
Health Work and the Division of Labour
Medical Autonomy, Dominance and Decline
Trust in Medicine
Nursing and Midwifery as Occupations
Social Divisions in Formal Health Care
Health Professional Migration
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Emotional Labour
Informal Care
Health Care Organization and Policy
Hospitals and Health Care Organizations
Citizenship and Health
Social Movements and Health
Medicines Regulation
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