The Sociology of Health and Illness

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Macmillan, 2005 - Medical - 595 pages
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This collection of 49 readings offers an integrated analysis of the most important issues regarding health and health care from a critical and sociological perspective. Substantive introductions provide context for the readings. With ten new and two revised essays, the Seventh Edition contains more coverage of key areas such as alternative medicine, the pharmaceutical industry, and the relationship between healthcare and politics.
 

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Contents

The Social Production of Disease and Illness
5
Who Gets Sick? The Unequal Social Distribution of Disease
20
Causes and Variation in Different
38
Our Sickening Social and Physical Environments
63
Social Relationships and Health
74
The Social Production of Urban Isolation
83
Relative or Absolute Material Standards?
98
The Social and Cultural Meanings of Illness
104
Paying for Health Care
301
Medicine in Practice
317
Social Death as SelfFulfilling Prophecy
331
Alternative Health and the Challenges of Institutionalization
366
Dilemmas of Medical Technology
378
PART 3
411
The Medicalization of American Society
430
Rationing Medical Care
456

The Experience of Illness
130
The Remission Society
163
Professionalization Monopoly and the Structure
170
The End of the Golden Age of Doctoring
189
The Social Organization of Medical Workers
231
Medical Industries
266
Medications and the Pharmaceutical Industry
275
Financing Medical Care
288
The Trouble with Rationing
462
Politicizing Health Care
469
Comparative Health Policies
496
Lessons from Canada
515
Continuity and Change
522
Prevention and Society
537
Credits
565
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Conrad is Tutor of English at Christ Church, Oxford.

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