The Major Themes in Health and Social Welfare series includes a strong backlist of influential health and social welfare titles.Titles within the series cover highly researched areas with a high output of material that is often difficult to navigate or locate.
Titles within this series include key research areas, such as Suicide, Mental Health, Addiction and Gender and Health.
Each collection is edited and introduced by leading experts within the field, placing the collated resources in context alongside an analysis of key themes.
The History of Nursing
Gender and Health
Health and Inequality
By Christine E. Hallett
November 18, 2015
The History of Nursing is a complex, shifting discipline engaged in an ongoing search for identity and purpose. If its earliest works were celebratory narratives of ‘great deeds’ and ‘influential nurses’, dominated by biographies of Florence Nightingale and tropes of imperial womanhood, then from ...
By Keith Hawton, Rory O'Connor
November 15, 2012
Suicide is increasingly recognized as a major global issue of public health, with far-reaching social, economic, and emotional consequences. The World Health Organization estimates that around 800,000 people die each year by suicide, with suicide attempts perhaps up to twenty times more frequent ...
By Kate Hunt, Ellen Annandale
December 02, 2011
Publisher’s note: The publishers would like to confirm that for Volume 1: ‘Theoretical and Methodological Developments’ and Volume 3: ‘Gender and Healthcare’ Ellen Annandale was the lead editor and lead author of the introductions. Kate Hunt was the lead editor for Volume 2: ‘Understanding the ...
By Kate Pickett, Richard Wilkinson
December 05, 2008
Some groups of people are healthier than others. Overwhelmingly, for almost all kinds of morbidity and mortality, groups at the bottom of the social scale are less healthy than those at the top. But this simple observation describes a complex phenomenon that has become a major focus of research, ...
By Ann Buchanan
May 12, 2008
With just over a century of history, social work has come of age as a powerful global profession in possession of its own body of knowledge based on research, skills, competence, and an international value system with a code of ethics. Today, social work has developed from humble origins to become ...
By Nick Watson
January 31, 2008
Disability Studies is a relatively new area of academic thought, emerging in its current form in the early 1990s. It is, by its nature, broad ranging and has seen a rapid expanse in scholarly research. It is an international development or movement, with active organizations of academics in Britain...
By Moira Plant, Martin Plant
December 11, 2007
Millions of us make use of psychoactive—or mind-altering—drugs. Such drugs, both legal and otherwise, can cause pleasure or pain (or both). So, too, can sex, gambling, shopping, dieting, exercise, and Internet use. ‘Addiction’ or ‘dependence’ on substances like alcohol, tobacco, illicit and ...
By Ken Doka
December 19, 2006
The study of death and dying truly crosses disciplinary boundaries. Scholars in the field represent a wide spectrum of disciplines in medicine, nursing, social work, sociology, psychology, philosophy, health education and the humanities. The volumes in this collection therefore take a broad and ...
By Graham Scambler
December 17, 2004
Medical sociology was first recognizable as a distinct area of study in the 1950s and is now probably the largest specialized area of sociology. This collection comprises a comprehensive statement of the history, current concerns and relevance of medical sociology to an understanding of health and ...
By Nick Frost
December 16, 2004
This collection focuses on child welfare in its specific sense: welfare and social interventions with children and young people undertaken by State bodies or NGO's. The term 'child welfare' is deployed differently in diverse international settings. In the United Kingdom child welfare tends to refer...