A new edition of a seminal textbook that offers an up-to-date, concise and theoretically and empirically informed introduction to the core issues in the sociology of health and health care. It includes updated chapters on established themes of social aspects of health, disease and medical practice, social structures and the organisation of health services, as well as brand new chapters on contemporary topics such as globalisation, the sociology of the body and digital technologies.
As proven by previous editions, this text has special salience for students of medicine and allied health programmes. Moreover, with increased attention to international perspectives and examples and an accessible writing style, it remains an ideal choice for undergraduate and postgraduate health modules on Sociology courses across the world.
Graham Scambler is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at University College London, UK, and Visiting Professor of Sociology at Surrey University, UK. He is the author and editor of many books and journal articles on social theory and the sociology of health and healthcare. He is a founding co-editor of the international journal Social Theory and Health. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK.
Introduction; Graham Scambler.- PART I: SOCIAL ASPECTS OF DISEASE.- 1. Society and Changing Patterns of Health and Disease; Ray Fitzpatrick and Ewen Speed.- 2. Social Determinants of Health and Disease; Fiona Stevenson.- 3. Globalisation and Health; Judy Green.- PART II: SOCIAL FACTORS IN MEDICAL PRACTICE.- 4. Health and Illness Behaviour; Fiona Stevenson.- 5. The Doctor-Patient Relationship; Myfanwy Morgan.- 6. Living with Long-Term Illness and Disability; Sasha Scambler.- 7. Dying, Death and Bereavement; Graham Scambler.- PART III: SOCIAL STRUCTURE AND HEALTH.- 8. Social Class and Health Inequalities; Graham Scambler.- 9. Gender and Health; Annette Scambler & Sasha Scambler.- 10. Ethnicity and Health; James Nazroo & Moira Kelly.- 11. Later Life, Health and Society; Paul Higgs.- PART IV: CHANGING FORMS OF MEDICAL KNOWLEDGE.- 12. Deviance, Sigma and Social Control; Graham Scambler.- 13. The Shifting Boundaries of Medical Knowledge; Paul Higgs.- 14. Reconceptualising Bodies; Nick Fox.- 15. Digital Health and Health Care; Deborah Lupton.- PART V: ORGANIZATION OF HEALTH SERVICES.- 16. Health Care Systems; Nicholas Mays.- 17. Healers and Health Professionals; Iain Crinson.- 18. Public Health and Health Promotion; Judy Green.- 19. Measuring Health Outcomes; Ray Fitzpatrick.- 20. Assessing Health Care System Performance; Nicholas Mays and Ray Fitzpatrick