Health, Illness, and the Social Body

Health, Illness, and the Social Body : A Critical Sociology

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For undergraduate courses in Sociology of Health and Illness, Medical Sociology, Medical Anthropology, Urban Studies, Social Medicine, and Nursing. This text presents a critical, holistic interpretation of health, illness, and human bodies that emphasizes power as a key social-structural factor in health and in societal responses to illness. It does not attempt to cover every relevant topic in the sociology of health and illness, but is organized as a set of core essays around which to build a course, with the expectation that instructors will assign additional readings to exemplify and develop further these important analytical themes.
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  • Paperback | 436 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • bibliography, indexes
  • 013098230X
  • 9780130982308
  • 1,548,755

Table of contents

1. A Sociological Perspective on Health, Illness, and the Body. 2. Who Becomes Sick, Injured, or Dies? 3. The Material Foundations of Health and Illness. 4. Mind, Body, and Society. 5. Social Organization, Health, and Illness. 6. The Social Meanings of Sickness. 7. Experiencing Chronic Illness, Pain, and Disability. 8. Seeking Health and Help. 9. The Social Construction of Medical Knowledge. 10. Modern Biomedicine: Knowledge and Practice. 11. Stratification and Power in Health Care Systems. 12. Economic Interests and Power in Health Care. Appendix A: Bibliographic and Internet Resources. Appendix B: Visual Resources. Appendix C: Bibliography. Indexes.
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