New Directions in the Sociology of Health links a number of contemporary issues to a broader sociological framework. It discusses health policy and programmes aimed at public concerns like AIDS, drug use, tranquilizer dependency and alcohol abuse. The work of a para-medical and lay workers – not least women – in health and prevention is a major focus, with particular attention being paid to the elderly and ethnic groups. Papers dealing with health at work, health in the home, and public health policy complete a collection which illustrates how sociology in the 1990s can contribute to the prevention of illness and the maintenance of good health.
1. Introduction: Developing the Sociology of Health, Pamela Abbott and Geoff Payne
2. Socio-economic Conditions and Aspects of Health: Respiratory Symptoms in Four West Yorkshire Mining Localities, Gary Littlejohn, Michael Peake, Dennis Warwick, Sheila Allen, Valerie Carroll and Caroline Welsh
3. Opening the ‘Black Box’: Inequalities in Women’s Health, Sara Arber
4. Distance Decay and Information Deprivation: Health Implications for People in Rural Isolation, George G. Giarchi
5. ‘We’re Home Helps Because we Care’: The Experience of Home Helps Caring for Elderly People, Lorna Warren
6. Hooked? Media Responses to Tranquillizer Dependence, Michael Bury and Jonathan Gabe
7. Regulating our Favourite Drug, Robin Bunton
8. Say No to Drugs, but Yes to Clean Syringes?, Graham Hart
9. Using Alternative Therapies: Marginal Medicine and Central Concerns, Ursula M. Sharma
10. Caribbean Home Remedies and their Importance for Black Women’s Health Care in Britain, Nicki Thorogood
11. Health and Work in the 1990s: Towards a New Perspective, Norma Daykin
12. Where was Sociology in the Struggle to Re-establish Public Health? Thomas Acton and David Chambers
The volumes in this set, originally published between 1969 and 2001, is comprised of original books published in conjunction with the British Sociological Association. The set draws together original research by leading academics based on study groups and conference papers, in the areas of youth, race, the sociology of work, gender, social research, urban studies, class, deviance and social control, law, development, and health. Each volume provides a rigorous examination of related key issues. This set will be of particular interest to students and academics in the field of sociology, health and social care, gender studies and criminology respectively.