2nd Edition

The Sociology of Healthcare

ISBN 9781405858496
Published January 26, 2010 by Routledge
448 Pages

USD $52.95

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Book Description

The Sociology of Healthcare, Second Edition explores the impact of current social changes on health, illness and healthcare, and provides an overview of the fundamental concerns in these areas.  This new edition features a brand new chapter entitled ‘End of Life’ which will help health and social care workers to respond with confidence to one of the most difficult and challenging areas of care.  The ‘End of Life’ chapter includes information on changing attitudes to death, theories of death and dying, and palliative care.  All chapters have been thoroughly updated to address diversity issues such as gender, ethnicity and disability.  In addition, expanded and updated chapters include ‘Childhood and Adolescence’ and ‘Health Inequalities’.

The text is further enhanced through the use of case studies that relate theory to professional practice, and discussion questions to aid understanding.  Links to websites direct the reader to further information on health, social wellbeing and government policies.  This book is essential reading for all students of healthcare including nursing, medicine, midwifery and health studies and for those studying healthcare as part of sociology, social care and social policy degrees.

“In an age when health policy follows an individualist model of “personal responsibility” this book by Alan Clarke demonstrates with a vast array of evidence, just how much there is such a thing as society.  An excellent overall book.”
Dr. Stephen Cowden, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Coventry University

Table of Contents




Chapter One: An introduction to the sociology of

   health and illness  


Chapter Two: Experiences of health and illness   


Chapter Three: Perspectives on mental illness


Chapter Four:    Inequalities in health


Chapter Five: Childhood and adolescence   


Chapter Six:    Later life   


Chapter Seven:    End of life


Chapter Eight:   Care, community and the family   


Chapter Nine:    Communication in healthcare settings


Chapter Ten:   Contemporary issues in healthcare   








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