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