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The Sociology of Healthcare
A Reader for Health Professionals
Edited by Sarah Earle and Gayle Letherby
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
28 Mar 2008
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A comprehensive collection of classic and contemporary readings in the sociology of health. The Sociology of Healthcare will stimulate debate, reflexive practice and critical thinking in applied sociology and is aimed at the teaching and learning needs of both lecturers and students.


Description

A comprehensive collection of classic and contemporary readings in the sociology of health. The Sociology of Healthcare will stimulate debate, reflexive practice and critical thinking in applied sociology and is aimed at the teaching and learning needs of both lecturers and students.


Reviews

'The editors, both eminent academics in health and social care, have put together an interesting collection of 28 classic and contemporary readings... The papers are short, but do stimulate reflection and critical thinking.' - Nursing Standard  
  
  
 


Contents

Dedication   
                                                                                                                                                      
Acknowledgements
Thinking Sociologically about Health and Healthcare
PART I: SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON HEALTH AND HEALTHCARE
Introduction
The Political Economy of Health and Health Care; Ellen Annandale
The Medicalisation of Reproduction; Pamela Abbott, Claire Wallace and Melissa Tyler
The Social Role of Medicine; David Armstrong
The Sociological Construction of Medicine; Paul Atkinson
The Sociological Imagination; Charles Wright Mills
PART II: MAKING SENSE OF HEALTH
Introduction
Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches; Keith F. Punch
Historical Data for Health Inequalities;Sara Mallinson, Jennie Popay, Eva Elliot, Sharon Bennett, Lisa Bostock, Anthony Gatrell, Carol Thomas and Gareth Williams
Practice-based Evidence; Nick J. Fox
'Traditional' and 'Emancipatory' Research; Beth Humphries
Women Respondents in Health Research; Helen Roberts
Ethics and Ethics Committees; Carole Truman
PART III: INEQUALITIES AND DIVERSITY IN HEALTH

Introduction
The Politics of Victim Blaming; Robert Crawford
The Determinants of Geographical Inequalities in Health; Heather Joshi, Richard D. Wiggins, Mel Bartley, Richard Mitchell, Simon Gleave and Kevin Lynch
Children Reflecting on Health; Kathryn Backett-Milburn, Sarah Cunningham-Burley and John Davis
Gender and Women's Health; Lesley Doyal
Measuring and Understanding Ethnic Inequalities in Health; Mel Bartley 
PART IV: BODIES, MINDS AND EMOTIONS
Introduction
The Body, Medicine and Death; Deborah Lupton
'Enhancing' the Body; Peter Conrad and Heather T. Jacobson
Humour and Illness; Alison Chapple and Sue Ziebland
Anorexia as Disability; Stephanie Tierney
'Dirty Work'; Ian Shaw
Emotion Work in Midwifery; Billie Hunter
PART V: POWER, PROFESSIONS AND PRACTICE 
Introduction
The Characteristics of a Profession; Eliot Friedson
The Professionalisation of Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Merrijoy Kelner, Beverly Wellman, Heather Boon and Sandy Welsh
The Feminisation of Dentistry; Tracey L. Adams
Occupational Boundaries in the Operating Theatre; Stephen Timmons and Judith Tanner
Choosing to be Childfree; Annily Campbell
The Internet and the Doctor-Patient Relationship; Alex Broom
 


Authors

SARAH EARLE is Lecturer in Health and Social Care at The Open University, UK. She has published in the areas of the sociology of health and health care education and the sociology of reproduction and sexuality.

GAYLE LETHERBY is Professor of Sociology at the University of Plymouth, UK. Her interests are eclectic and include issues of method, methodology and epistemology, reproductive and non/parental identities, working and learning in higher education.