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Routledge International Handbook of Critical Issues in Health and Illness

ISBN 9781032027951
Published July 27, 2021 by Routledge
384 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Issues in Health and Illness is a multidisciplinary reference book that brings together cutting-edge health and illness topics from around the globe. It offers a range of theoretical and critical perspectives to provide contemporary insights into complex health issues that can offer ways to address inequitable patterns of illness and ill health.

This collection, written by an international pool of expert academics from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, is unique in providing theoretical and critical analyses on key health topics, considering power and broader social structures that influence health and illness outcomes. The chapters are organised in three parts. The first covers medical contexts; here, chapters provide commentary and critical analysis of the history of medicine, medicalisation, pharmaceuticalisation, services and care, medical technology, diagnosis, screening, personalised medicine, and complementary and alternative medicine. The second part covers life contexts; chapters include a range of life contexts that have implications for health, including gender, sexuality, reproduction, disability, ethnicity, indigeneity, inequality, ageing, and dying. The third part covers shifting contextual domains; chapters consider contemporary areas of life that are rapidly changing, including bioethics, digital health, migration, medical travel, geography and "place", commercialisation, globalisation, and climate change.

The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Issues in Health and Illness is a key contemporary reference text for scholars, students, researchers, and professionals across disciplines, including sociology, psychology, anthropology, geography, medicine, public health, and health science.

Table of Contents




1. Critical perspectives on health and illness

Antonia Lyons & Kerry Chamberlain


2. The social and cultural histories of medicine

Catharine Coleborne

3. Medicalisation

Felicity Thomas

4. Pharmaceuticalisation: Origins, drivers and new directions

Jonathan Gabe & Paul Martin

5. Governing medical technology

Stuart Hogarth & Fiona A. Miller

6. Health services and care: Political and affective economies

Rebecca E. Olson

7. Diagnosis: A social and political phenomenon

Annemarie Jutel

8. Population-based screening for detection and prevention

Natalie Armstrong

9. Personalised medicine

Michael Morrison & Susan Kelly

10. Complementary and alternative medicine

Kevin Dew & Supuni Liyanagunawardena


11: Health inequality

Dennis Raphael & Toba Bryant

12. Beyond binary categories: A contemporary gender studies perspective on health and illness

Lisa Jean Moore & Jonathan N. Torres

13. Sexual orientation and gender identity as determinants of health and illness

Alex Müller

14. Reproductive justice: Revitalising critical reproductive health research

Tracy Morison

15. Ethnicity and health

Dharmi Kapadia & Hannah Bradby

16. Indigeneity and wellness: Critically understanding the health of Indigenous peoples and communities

Sarah de Leeuw, Margo Greenwood, & May Farrales

17. Disability, technology and health

Dan Goodley, Rebecca Lawthom, & Katherine Runswick-Cole

18. Health and illness among older people: What has age got to do with it?

Christine Stephens

19. Death, dying and end-of-life care

Erica Borgstrom


20. Bioethics: Critical reflections and future directions

Kathryn MacKay & Angus Dawson

21. Digital health

Benjamin Marent & Flis Henwood

22. Migration and health

Heide Castañeda

23. Medical travel: Critical perspectives

Cecilia Vindrola-Padros

24: Place in health, illness and health care

Robin A. Kearns & Gavin J. Andrews

25. Commercialization: The role of unhealthy commodity industries

Peter J. Adams

26. Towards a critical social science of climate change and health

Sara MacBride-Stewart

27. Globalisation and health

Angelina Taylor & Johanna Hanefeld


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Kerry Chamberlain is Emeritus Professor of Social and Health Psychology at Massey University and Senior Research Fellow at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Methods in Psychology and co-editor (with Antonia Lyons) of the book series Critical Approaches to Health.

Antonia Lyons is Professor of Health Psychology and Head of School of the School of Health, Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is co-editor for Qualitative Research in Psychology, Associate Editor for Psychology and Health, and co-editor (with Kerry Chamberlain) of the book series Critical Approaches to Health.