Medicine, Health and Society

Medicine, Health and Society

By: Hannah Bradby (author)Paperback

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Sharp, bold and engaging, this book provides a contemporary account of why medical sociology matters in our modern society. Combining theoretical and empirical perspectives, and applying the pragmatic demands of policy, this timely book explores society's response to key issues such as race, gender and identity to explain the relationship between sociology, medicine and medical sociology. Each chapter includes an authoritative introduction to pertinent areas of debate, a clear summary of key issues and themes and dedicated bibliography. Chapters include: * social theory and medical sociology * health inequalities * bodies, pain and suffering * personal, local and global. Brimming with fresh interpretations and critical insights this book will contribute to illuminating the practical realities of medical sociology. This exciting text will be of interest to students of sociology of health and illness, medical sociology, and sociology of the body. Hannah Bradby has a visiting fellowship at the Department of Primary Care and Health Sciences, King's College London. She is monograph series editor for the journal Sociology of Health and Illness and co-edits the multi-disciplinary journal Ethnicity and Health.

About Author

's research on how ethnicity and racism intervene in the social relations of health has been published in various journals including 'Social Science and Medicine' and 'Sociological Research Online'. She co-edits the journal 'Ethnicity and Health' and is the 'Sociology of Health and Illness' monograph series editor. Hannah has taught both medics and sociologists at the University of Warwick since 2000, employing various representations of health, illness and suffering including written (memoire, letters, reportage, fiction, clinical notes, empirical research) and spoken forms (evidence from clinicians, patients and former patients, in various languages, and sometimes mediated by trained interpreters). She has worked on the core medical school curriculum and special study modules and has collaborated with students to publish books of their own sociological work, both written and photographic. Building on observations by the late Meg Stacey (the first female professor at the University of Warwick) on medical sociology's lack of attention to war as a public health problem Hannah co-edited (with Gillian Hundt) a collection entitled 'Global Perspectives on War, Gender and Health' (2010, Avebury). 'Medical Sociology: An introduction' (2009, Sage) seeks to interpret sociological criticism of medicine and insights into the experience of illness for medical students.


Prologue: Sociology, Medicine and Medical Sociology Introduction Medical Sociology and Its Relationship with Sociology Theory and Application Sociology and Medicine Interdisciplinarity and Multidisciplinarity References Introducing the Sociology of Medicine, Health and Society Social Theory and the Sociology of Health and Medicine Introduction Parsons and Functionalism Criticism of Parsons' Idealized Type Theories of Conflict and Political Economy Inequalities and Social Stratification Interactionism Phenomenology Modernity and Post-Modernity Social Constructionism Post-Structuralism and Structuralism Criticism of Constructionism Conclusion References Health Inequalities Introduction Theory and Inequality Inequity and Inequality Measurement of Inequality The Pattern of Health Inequalities Causes of Inequalities Healthcare and Inequalities Global Inequality Conclusion Women, Gender and Feminism Introduction Feminism Gendered Visibility Gendered Polarity and Theorizing Difference Reconceptualizing Gender Undoing Polarities Health Inequalities Morbidity, Gender and the Effect of Work Conclusion References Ethnicity, Racism and Difference Introduction Background - UK Background - USA Sociology of Race Relations Ethnicity and Health Inequalities Mental Health Conclusion References Bodies, Pain and Suffering Introduction The Sociological Body Dissecting the Body Cultural Bodies Biotechnological Bodies Embodiment Bodies and Disabilities Bodies and Narrative Mute Bodies Meta-Narrative and Suffering Conclusion References The Workings of Medicine Introduction Background Medicine's Golden Age Medical Power Medical Imperialism Proletarianization, Deprofessionalization and Corporatization Challenging Medicine: Efficacy, Efficiency, Accessibility Efficacy, Equity and Efficiency Managers, Managerialism and Markets Challenging Equity Has the NHS Improved? The Doctor-Patient Relationship in a Regulatory Framework The Legal Challenge Consumerism in Medicine Specialization Alternative Medical Practitioners Medical Tourism Medicalization in a Digital Era Conclusion References Conclusion Introduction The Practice of Medicine Medical Encounters Biotechnology Ethics and Expectations of Biotechnological Innovation The Culture of Bioethics Global Health Medical Migration Global Suffering and Sociology Conclusion References Glossary of Terms

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  • ISBN13: 9781412920742
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 200
  • ID: 9781412920742
  • ISBN10: 1412920744

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