The Sociology of Health and Medicine: A Critical Introduction, 2nd Edition
Highly Commended - BMA Medical Awards 2015: Health and Social Care
The fully revised edition of this highly respected textbook addresses the most important theoretical and empirical debates in the sociology of health and medicine. Chapter by chapter the book examines important issues such as the complexities surrounding health and identity, health inequalities, and the organization and provision of health care. A particular strength of the book is its careful attention to theoretical developments in the field.
The second edition has been rigorously updated to take account of recent theories and evidence in medical sociology. New to this edition are discussions of globalization, individualization, medicalization, new medical technologies and the sociology of the body. The new edition also looks in detail at recent social change and hotly debated explanations for the patterning of health by socioeconomic status, gender and ethnicity. In addition, it examines developments in contemporary health care, including the reconceptualization of patients as consumers.
The result is a text that will be of interest to upper-level undergraduates and postgraduate students in sociology and social policy, as well as students of the allied health professions looking for an in-depth and forward-thinking introduction to medical sociology.
Chapter 1 Enduring theoretical legacies
Chapter 2 Contemporary theories of health and medicine in a changing world
Chapter 3 Feminism, gender theories and health
Chapter 4 Socio-economic inequalities in health
Chapter 5 Gender inequalities in health
Chapter 6 'Race', ethnicity and health
Chapter 7 Health systems and healthcare in transition
Chapter 8 Professions in transition
Chapter 9 The experience of health, illness and healthcare
- Substantive new material on globalization, individualization, medicalization, new medical technologies and the sociology of the body
- Fully updated with recent theoretical approaches and evidence in medical sociology
- Incorporates discussion of recent social change and debates, and developments in contemporary health care
Susan Bell, Bowdoin College
Annandale has done it again! A fully revised and rewritten second edition of The Sociology of Health and Medicine, with global extensions now too. One of the best medical sociology textbooks around, in short, has just got better.
Simon Williams, University of Warwick