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The Handbook of Social Studies in Health and Medicine : Sociology Ser. - Gary L. Albrecht

The Handbook of Social Studies in Health and Medicine

Sociology Ser.

By: Gary L. Albrecht (Editor), Ray Fitzpatrick (Editor), Susan C. Scrimshaw (Editor)

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This is the first international and inter-disciplinary social science Handbook on health and medicine. Five years in the making, and building on the insights and advice of an international editorial board, the book brings together world-class figures to provide an indispensable, comprehensive resource book on social science, health and medicine.

Pinpointing the focal issues of research and debate in one volume, the material is organized into three sections: social and cultural frameworks of analysis; the experience of health and illness; and health care systems and practices. Each section consists of specially commissioned chapters designed to examine the vital conceptual and methodological practice and policy issues. Readers recei

"The Handbook of Social Studies in Health & Medicine is a must for the practitioner and teacher of social science of health and medical care. To read it is to be updated and upgraded concerning theory, empirical findings and policy implications. To have it on the shelf means ready reference to current comprehensive thinking and applications. The Handbook can also be readily adopted as a basic text for upper division and graduate classes in medical sociology and anthropology as well as for social science classes in public health, nursing, medicine, allied health sciences or health care policy and management." -- Ronald Andersen `'The collection will offer a unique range of work, both in terms of topics and of theoretical perspectives, written by leading scholars from around the world. It will be an essential resource for teaching and research' - Mel Bartley, Principal Research Fellow, University College, London

`This impressive collection gives a unique insight into current debates in the social sciences in the broad domain of health, illness and health care. By bringing together the perspectives of leading North American, European and Australasian scholars, focusing on social and cultural issues, the text provides the reader with a rich tapestry of stimulating ideas and analyses of great value' - Ian Robinson, Director for the Study of Health, Sickness and Disablement, Brunel University



`Society has growing expectations in terms of health. The editors and contributors to this handbook are to be congratulated on providing an essential route-map for the social sciences who will play a central role in future debates on health and health care' - Denny Vageroe, Professor of Medical Sociology, Stockholm University

Introduction
Social and Cultural Frameworks of Analysis
The History of the Changing Concepts of Health and Illness
Outline of a General Model of Illness Categories
Social Theorizing about Health and Illness
Classification and Process in Sociomedical Understanding
Towards a Multilevel View of Sociomedical Methodology
The Social Construction of Medicine and the Body
A Taxonomy of Research Concerned with Place and Health
The Globalization of Health and Disease
The Health Transition and Global Change
The Social Causation of Health and Illness
Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health
Integrating Individual-, Community-, and Societal-Level Theory and Research
Gender and Health
Critical Perspectives on Health and Aging
The Social Context of the New Genetics
The Experience of Health and Illness
Cultural Variation in the Experience of Health and Illness
Ethnography and Network Analysis
The Study of Social Context in Cultures and Societies
Personal Experience of Illness
Clinical Narratives and the Study of Contemporary Doctor-Patient Relationships
Accounting for Disease and Distress
Morals of the Normal and Abnormal
Experiencing Chronic Illness
The Global Emergence of Disability
Reproduction and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Health-Care Utilization and Barriers to Health Care
Concepts and Measurement of Health Status and Health-Related Quality of Life
Health Behavior
From Research to Community Practice
Health-Care Systems and Practices
The Medical Profession
Knowledge, Power, and Autonomy
The Sociological Character of Health-Care Markets
Medical Uncertainty Revisited
Alternative Health Practices and Systems
Comparative Health Sytems
Emerging Convergences and Globalization
The Patient's Perspective Regarding Appropriate Health Care
Consumer and Community Participation
A Reassessment of Process, Impact and Value
An Expanded Conceptual Framework of Equity
Implications for Assessing Health Policy
Resources and Rationing
Managing Supply and Demand in Health Care
Reconfiguring Health Policy
Simple Truths, Complex Solutions
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ISBN: 9780761956174
ISBN-10: 0761956174
Series: Sociology Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 546
Published: 22nd October 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.35 x 17.78  x 3.63
Weight (kg): 1.16