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The Handbook of Social Studies in Health and Medicine

The Handbook of Social Studies in Health and Medicine

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October 1999 | 546 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"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." "I've wanted a handbook like this on my desk for a long time -- one with broad coverage and extensive bibliographies. This is one of those books that you point to when a graduate student asks: 'How do I get started in ...?' The coverage of the 33 chapters is really impressive: from an exposition on the use of ethnographic case studies to a discussion of the globalization of health care; from a discussion of how people experience illness to a discussion of how best to measure health status and quality of life variable" --H. Russell Bernard, University of Florida The FIRST International and INTERDISCIPLINARY Handbook About Health and Medicine Is HERE! No Other Volume in the Marketplace Has the Range, Depth and Relevance of this Handbook Three sections contain specially commissioned chapters designed to examine the vital conceptual, methodological, practice and policy issues. * You'll receive not only a complete survey of social science, health and medicine in one volume, but also an authoritative guide to methodologies, key concepts, central theoretical traditions and an agenda for future research and practice. * The Handbook offers researchers and scholars the best guide to what the leading figures in the field are thinking and doing. It also pinpoints the focal issues of research and debate in one volume. * The Handbook answers the need, expressed by social scientists and medical practitioners, for an authoritative, inter-disciplinary study which demonstrates the contribution and promise of social science disciplines in the crucial and rapidly changing field of health and medicine.

Gary L Albrecht, Ray Fitzpatrick and Susan C Scrimshaw
Bryan S Turner
The History of the Changing Concepts of Health and Illness
Outline of a General Model of Illness Categories  
David Armstrong
Social Theorizing about Health and Illness
Robert A Rubinstein, Susan C Scrimshaw and Suzanne E Morrisey
Classification and Process in Sociomedical Understanding
Towards a Multilevel View of Sociomedical Methodology  
Deborah Lupton
The Social Construction of Medicine and the Body
Ralph Catalano and Kate E Pickett
A Taxonomy of Research Concerned with Place and Health
Emily C Zielinski Guti[ac]errez and Carl Kendall
The Globalization of Health and Disease
The Health Transition and Global Change  
Johannes Siegrist
The Social Causation of Health and Illness
Stephanie A Robert and James S House
Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health
Integrating Individual-, Community-, and Societal-Level Theory and Research  
Sandra D Lane and Donald A Cibula
Gender and Health
Carroll L Estes and Karen W Linkins
Critical Perspectives on Health and Aging
Sarah Cunningham-Burley and Mary Boulton
The Social Context of the New Genetics
Ann McElroy and Mary Ann Jezewski
Cultural Variation in the Experience of Health and Illness
Robert T Trotter II
Ethnography and Network Analysis
The Study of Social Context in Cultures and Societies  
Arthur Kleinman and Don Seeman
Personal Experience of Illness
Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good and Byron J Good
Clinical Narratives and the Study of Contemporary Doctor-Patient Relationships
Margaret Lock
Accounting for Disease and Distress
Morals of the Normal and Abnormal  
Kathy Charmaz
Experiencing Chronic Illness
Gary L Albrecht and Lois M Verbrugge
The Global Emergence of Disability
Hel[ac]ena Ragon[ac]e and Sharla K Willis
Reproduction and Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Judith D Kasper
Health-Care Utilization and Barriers to Health Care
Colleen A McHorney
Concepts and Measurement of Health Status and Health-Related Quality of Life
Thomas R Prohaska, Karen E Peters and Jan S Warren
Health Behavior
From Research to Community Practice  
David Coburn and Evan Willis
The Medical Profession
Knowledge, Power, and Autonomy  
Donald W Light
The Sociological Character of Health-Care Markets
Ren[ac]ee C Fox
Medical Uncertainty Revisited
Sarah Cant and Ursula Sharma
Alternative Health Practices and Systems
Linda M Whiteford and Lois LaCivita Nixon
Comparative Health Sytems
Emerging Convergences and Globalization  
Angela Coulter and Ray Fitzpatrick
The Patient's Perspective Regarding Appropriate Health Care
Deena White
Consumer and Community Participation
A Reassessment of Process, Impact and Value  
Lu Ann Aday
An Expanded Conceptual Framework of Equity
Implications for Assessing Health Policy  
Stephen Harrison and Michael Moran
Resources and Rationing
Managing Supply and Demand in Health Care  
Steven Lewis, Marcel Saulnier and Marc Renaud
Reconfiguring Health Policy
Simple Truths, Complex Solutions  

`'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 Vågerö, Professor of Medical Sociology, Stockholm University

"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
UCLA School of Health

Easy to navigate chapters. Well written and easy to read

Miss Julie Anderson
Health , Tyne Metropolitan College
August 31, 2016

This book is a good resource and one which I think the students will find useful in their studies

Mrs Shona Floyd
Health & Social Care, Peterborough Regional College
August 8, 2016

A complementary book to my lectures on Health and Medicine.

Dr Joana Almeida
Centre for Criminology and Sociology, Royal Holloway, University of London
August 30, 2015

Interesting comparative material.

Professor Pedro Correia
Public Administration, University of Lisbon
July 26, 2014

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