1st Edition

Sociology and Nursing
An Introduction




ISBN 9780415202282
Published December 14, 2000 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

This introductory text provides nurses with the foundations of a sociological understanding of health issues which they should find of great help in thinking about their work and the role of their profession. It explains the key sociological theories and debates with humour and imagination in a way which will encourage an inquisitive and reflective approach on the part of any student who engages with the text.

Table of Contents

Introduction -- Aims -- Format -- Content -- 1 Imagination -- Structure -- Interaction -- Constructs -- Summary -- 2 Health -- Health polarities -- Lay health -- Social health -- Summary -- 3 Science -- Positivism -- Bio-medicine -- Realism -- Summary -- 4 Power -- Social power -- Sick role -- Patient empowerment -- Summary -- 5 Professions -- Professions -- Medicine -- Nursing -- Summary -- 6 Medicalisation -- Medicalisation -- Iatrogenesis -- Healthism -- Summary -- 7 Inequality -- Black Report -- Health divide -- Healthier nation -- Summary -- 8 Sex -- Sexuality -- Gender -- Risks -- Summary -- 9 Madness -- Mad definitions -- Mad doctors -- Mad society -- Summary -- 10 Death -- Virtual death -- Social death -- Inequitable death -- Summary -- Conclusion -- Ambiguity -- Deception -- Cynicism -- Appendix: practice grid -- References -- Index

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Biography

Peter Morrall is a Senior Lecturer in Health and Sociology: at the University of Leeds.