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Performance Comparison and Organizational Service Provision U.S. Hospitals and the Quest for Performance Control

Performance Comparison and Organizational Service Provision: U.S. Hospitals and the Quest for Performance Control

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Christopher Dorn
February 23, 2021

Exploring the mechanisms underlying performance comparisons, Performance Comparison and Organizational Service Provision investigates how such assessments shape hospitals’ service provision and medical professionals’ work. With a focus on U.S. health care, this study outlines how medical quality ...

HIV in the UK Voices from the Epidemic

HIV in the UK: Voices from the Epidemic

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jose Catalan, Barbara Hedge, Damien Ridge
December 22, 2020

This book explores the thoroughly human dimension of the health care and prevention responses to the HIV crisis in the UK, and the impact that such initiatives had on the progression of the epidemic. This book presents a compelling account of the unfolding of the epidemic and the initiatives that ...

Giving Blood The Institutional Making of Altruism

Giving Blood: The Institutional Making of Altruism

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Johanne Charbonneau, André Smith
December 18, 2020

Giving Blood represents a new agenda for blood donation research. It explores the diverse historical and contemporary undercurrents that influence how blood donation takes place, and the social meanings that people attribute to the act of giving blood. Drawing from empirical studies conducted in ...

The Rise of Autism Risk and Resistance in the Age of Diagnosis

The Rise of Autism: Risk and Resistance in the Age of Diagnosis

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Ginny Russell
December 08, 2020

This innovative book addresses the question of why increasing numbers of people are being diagnosed with autism since the 1990s. Providing an engaging account of competing and widely debated explanations, it investigates how these have led to differing interpretations of the same data. Crucially, ...

‘Ending AIDS’ in the Age of Biopharmaceuticals The Individual, the State and the Politics of Prevention

‘Ending AIDS’ in the Age of Biopharmaceuticals: The Individual, the State and the Politics of Prevention

1st Edition

Tony Sandset
September 03, 2020

This book considers the change in rhetoric surrounding the treatment of AIDS from one of crisis to that of ‘ending AIDS’. Exploring what it means to ‘end AIDS’ and how responsibility is framed in this new discourse, the author considers the tensions generated between the individual and the state in...

Insane Society: A Sociology of Mental Health

Insane Society: A Sociology of Mental Health

1st Edition

Peter Morrall
April 16, 2020

This book critiques the connection between Western society and madness, scrutinizing if and how societal insanity affects the cause, construction, and consequence of madness. Looking beyond the affected individual to their social, political, economic, ecological, and cultural context, this book ...

Childlessness in the Age of Communication Deconstructing Silence

Childlessness in the Age of Communication: Deconstructing Silence

1st Edition

Cristina Archetti
April 08, 2020

Cristina Archetti started researching childlessness after being diagnosed with "unexplained infertility". She soon discovered that, although involuntary childlessness affects an increasing number of women and men across the world, this topic is shrouded taboo and shame. This book is both a ...

Risk and Substance Use Framing Dangerous People and Dangerous Places

Risk and Substance Use: Framing Dangerous People and Dangerous Places

1st Edition

Susanne MacGregor, Betsy Thom
February 21, 2020

This interdisciplinary collection examines the role that alcohol, tobacco and other drugs have played in framing certain groups and spaces as ‘dangerous’ and in influencing the nature of formal responses to the perceived threat. Taking a historical and cross-national perspective, it explores how ...

Socio-economics of Personalized Medicine in Asia

Socio-economics of Personalized Medicine in Asia

1st Edition

Shirley Sun
July 23, 2019

The second decade of the twenty-first century has witnessed a surging interest in personalized medicine with the concomitant promise to enable more precise diagnosis and treatment of disease and illness, based upon an individual’s unique genetic makeup. In this book, my goal is to contribute to a ...

Ageing, the Body and the Gender Regime Health, Illness and Disease Across the Life Course

Ageing, the Body and the Gender Regime: Health, Illness and Disease Across the Life Course

1st Edition

Susan Pickard, Jude Robinson
July 18, 2019

The current (postfeminist) gender order comprises a highly complex coexistence of old and new norms and expectations, freedom and constraints, within a neoliberal social order underpinned by individualism and involving a shift in gender performance by men and women. Health, illness and disease at ...

Framing Age Contested Knowledge in Science and Politics

Framing Age: Contested Knowledge in Science and Politics

1st Edition

Iris Loffeier, Benoît Majerus, Thibauld Moulaert
July 05, 2019

Ageing populations have gradually become a major concern in many industrialised countries over the past fifty years, drawing the attention of both politics and science. The target of a raft of health and social policies, older people are often identified as a specific, and vulnerable, population. ...

Complaints, Controversies and Grievances in Medicine Historical and Social Science Perspectives

Complaints, Controversies and Grievances in Medicine: Historical and Social Science Perspectives

1st Edition

Jonathan Reinarz, Rebecca Wynter
June 10, 2019

Recent studies into the experiences and failures of health care services, along with the rapid development of patient advocacy, consumerism and pressure groups have led historians and social scientists to engage with the issue of the medical complaint. As expressions of dissatisfaction, disquiet ...

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