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Society and Health Sociology for Health Professionals

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ISBN-10: 0306477467

ISBN-13: 9780306477461

Edition: 2002

Authors: Richard K. Thomas

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For the first time, a guide to the sociology of health and healthcare that addresses the needs of both sociologists and health professionals. Written by a career health professional with a medical sociology background, Thomas applies sociological concepts to current healthcare issues, incorporates the latest findings from health services research, and provides clear examples of the uses of sociology in understanding the U.S. healthcare system. Each chapter contains illustrative boxed material, exhibits highlighting key information, suggested readings, and useful websites for more information. With over 30 years of experience, the author provides valuable insights into the social aspects of health behavior and reveals an in-depth understanding of the social dimensions of the health delivery system. The book is a textbook for students of sociology and health, as well as a reference book for instructors and practitioners in the healthcare and sociology fields.
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Book details

List price: $105.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 10/31/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 374
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Illness
The Field of Sociology
Basic Tenets of Sociology
Why a Sociology of Health and Illness?
Social Roots of Healthcare
The History of the Sociology of Health and Illness
The Nature of the Sociology of Health and Illness
Purpose of the Book
Organization of the Book
Additional Resources
Internet Links
The Language of Healthcare
Definitions in Healthcare
Defining Health
Defining Non-Health: Illness, Sickness, and Disease
Defining Healthcare
Physical Illness and Mental Illness
Additional Resources
Internet Links
The Societal Context of Healthcare
The Institutional Framework
Additional Resources
The Cultural Dimension of Healthcare
The Nature of Culture
Language: The Foundation for Culture
The Components of Non-Material Culture
Cultural Complexity in the United States
The Interface of the Social System and Culture
Cultures and Subcultures
Additional Resources
The U.S. Healthcare Institution
The Evolution of Modern Healthcare
The Paradigmatic Approach
The Stages of Healthcare Development
The Emergence of the U.S. Healthcare System
The Organization of U.S. Healthcare
Additional Resources
Social Groups in Society and Healthcare
The Nature of Social Groups
Group Size
Types of Social Groups
Changing Group Structure
Social Support and Health
Social Networks
Group Influences on Health Behavior
Formal Organizations
Types of Formal Organizations
The Corporatization of Healthcare
Additional Resources
Internet Resources
Occupations and Professions in Healthcare
The Sociology of Occupations and Professions
The Occupational Structure of Healthcare
Health Professions
Social Stratification within Healthcare
The Sociology of the Physician
Professional Socialization
The Emergence of Alternative Therapists
Occupation, Health Status, and Health Behavior
Additional Resources
Internet Resources
Social Epidemiology
The Field of Social Epidemiology
Major Topics in Social Epidemiology
Additional Resources
Internet Links
The Social Dimension of Health Status
Social Correlates of Health Status
Sociocultural Characteristics
Additional Resources
Internet Links
The Social Dimension of Sickness Behavior
Informal Sickness Behavior
Formal Sickness Behavior: The Sick Role
Becoming a Patient
The Social Correlates of Sickness Behavior
Additional Resources
Internet Links
Social Stratification in Society and Healthcare
The Nature of Social Stratification
The Dimensions of Stratification
The Consequences of Stratification
The Significance of Stratification for Society
Stratification in Comparative Perspective
The U.S. Class System
Social Stratification within the Healthcare Institution
Implications of Stratification for Health and Health Behavior
Additional Resources
Internet Links
Deviance and Control in Society and Healthcare
Deviance and Social Order
Sociological Explanations of Deviance
Sickness as Deviance
Medicine as a Form of Social Control
The Medicalization of American Society
Transition of Control: From Church to State to Healthcare
Additional Resources
The Sociology of Mental Illness
A Sociological Approach to Mental Illness
Defining Mental Illness
Types of Mental Disorders
Mental Disorders in America
Social Factors in Mental Health and Illness
The Treatment of Mental Disorders
Critical Perspectives of Mental Illness
Social Stress and Its Consequences
Psychosocial Contributions to Illness
Additional Resources
Internet Links
Social Change, Technology, and Healthcare
The Nature of Social and Cultural Change
The Cultural Framework for Healthcare
Implications of Social Change
Levels of Social Change
Technology, Social Change, and Healthcare
Social Movements and Healthcare
Future Sociocultural Change in the U.S.
Additional Resources