1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Critical Issues in Health and Illness

Edited By Kerry Chamberlain, Antonia Lyons Copyright 2021
    384 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    384 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.




    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



    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.