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Critical Studies in Health and Society

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This major new international book series takes a critical look at health in a rapidly changing social world. The series includes theoretically sophisticated and empirically informed contributions on cutting-edge issues from leading figures within the sociology of health and allied disciplines and domains. Written in a lively, accessible and engaging style, with many thought-provoking insights, the series will cater to a truly interdisciplinary audience of researchers, professionals, practitioners and policy makers with an interest in health and social change.

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Contemporary Theorists for Medical Sociology

Contemporary Theorists for Medical Sociology

1st Edition

Edited By Graham Scambler
May 17, 2012

Contemporary Theorists for Medical Sociology explores the work of key social theorists and the application of their ideas to issues around health and illness. Encouraging students and researchers to use mainstream sociological thought to inform and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the ...

Globalisation, Markets and Healthcare Policy Redrawing the Patient as Consumer

Globalisation, Markets and Healthcare Policy: Redrawing the Patient as Consumer

1st Edition

By Jonathan Tritter, Meri Koivusalo, Eeva Ollila, Paul Dorfman
March 01, 2011

Although the last two decades have seen the healthcare systems of most developed countries face pressure for major reform, the impact of this reform on the relationship between empowerment, consumerism and citizen’s rights has received limited research attention. Globalisation, Markets and ...

Medical Sociology and Old Age Towards a sociology of health in later life

Medical Sociology and Old Age: Towards a sociology of health in later life

1st Edition

By Paul Higgs, Ian Rees Jones
December 09, 2008

The nature of health in later life has conventionally been studied from two perspectives. Medical sociologists have focused on the failing body, chronic illness, infirmity and mortality, while social gerontologists on the other hand have focused on the epidemiology of old age and health and social ...

Women's Health and Social Change

Women's Health and Social Change

1st Edition

By Ellen Annandale
September 04, 2008

Shortlisted for the BSA Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize 2009 Traditional distinctions between the experiences of women and men are breaking down and being reconfigured in new, more complex ways. The long-established life expectancy gap between men and women appears to be closing in many ...

Emotional Labour in Health Care The unmanaged heart of nursing

Emotional Labour in Health Care: The unmanaged heart of nursing

1st Edition

By Catherine Theodosius
August 15, 2008

Do nurses still care? In today’s inflexible, fast-paced and more accountable workplace where biomedical and clinical models dominate health care practice, is there room for emotional labour? Based on original empirical research, this book delves into personal accounts of nurses' emotion expressions...

Lifestyle in Medicine

Lifestyle in Medicine

1st Edition

By Emily Hansen, Gary Easthope
December 12, 2006

In Western societies, 'lifestyle' as an explanation for health and illness has become increasingly popular. Lifestyle in Medicine explores the ambiguity of the term 'lifestyle' and the way it is conceived and applied within medicine. Based on real doctor-patient consultations and ...

Medical Technologies and the Life World The social construction of normality

Medical Technologies and the Life World: The social construction of normality

1st Edition

Edited By Sonia Olin Lauritzen, Lars-Christer Hyden
December 15, 2006

Although the use of new health technologies in healthcare and medicine is generally seen as beneficial, there has been little analysis of the impact of such technologies on people’s lives and understandings of health and illness. This ground-breaking book explores how new technologies not only ...

Contesting Psychiatry Social Movements in Mental Health

Contesting Psychiatry: Social Movements in Mental Health

1st Edition

By Nick Crossley
February 10, 2006

Resistance and social movements in mental health have been important in shaping current practice in both mental health and psychiatry. Contesting Psychiatry, focusing largely on the UK, examines the history of resistance to psychiatry between 1950 and 2000. Building on the author’s extensive ...

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