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Sickness Work

Personal Reflections of a Sociologist

Authors: Nijhof, Gerhard

  • Presents the everyday life of a sick person diagnosed with colon cancer
  • Connects the personal experience with sociological literature
  • Provides first-hand materials for academics or professionals in the field of social health, as well as for everyone who are experiencing a serious illness
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About this book

This is the story of a professor of Medical Sociology, diagnosed with colon cancer. He undergoes the appropriate medical treatment. Passing through that trajectory, he realizes that things happen that he never read about in the professional literature. During his illness and rehabilitation he scribbles down notes about what is happening to him, what he is observing and what things do not tally with his knowledge of the sociological literature. This continuous connection of personal experience with academic literature is what makes this book such a powerful account of the ‘everyday’ life of a sick person.
Recommended to teachers and students in the field of social health research; to everyone who works in health care, professionals as well as volunteers; and to men and women who themselves are experiencing a serious illness.

About the authors

Gerhard Nijhof is emeritus professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Reviews

“This book is a mixture of illness experiences, opinions (especially about medical sociologists), thoughts, evaluations, and self-reflections. These mixed voices allow Nijhof to shed new light on living with serious and mortal illness.” (Peter Conrad, Professor of Sociology Emeritus, Brandeis University, USA)

“Nijhof’s insights on patients’ loss of everyday innocence, the security of hospital treatment, the alteration of the body in illness, the challenges of night time for patients, the shrinking of social networks, all show the value of bringing a sociological perspective to patient experience. His normalizing of the experience is the greatest vindication of Sickness Work.” (Steven M. Albert, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, USA)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-7

    Nijhof, Gerhard

  • Disruption

    Pages 9-20

    Nijhof, Gerhard

  • Incantation

    Pages 21-31

    Nijhof, Gerhard

  • Collective Disruption

    Pages 33-41

    Nijhof, Gerhard

  • Sickness Work

    Pages 43-66

    Nijhof, Gerhard

Buy this book

eBook £35.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-0326-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £44.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-0325-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £44.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-4388-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sickness Work
Book Subtitle
Personal Reflections of a Sociologist
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-0326-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-0326-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-0325-8
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-4388-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 124
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