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The Sociology of Health and Illness

The Sociology of Health and Illness
Critical Perspectives

Tenth Edition
Edited by:

August 2018 | 800 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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The Tenth Edition of The Sociology of Health and Illness: Critical Perspectives addresses the crucial issues in this field with over 45 readings (1/3 of which are new to this edition) from the scholarly literature on health and medicine, thus providing students with the most balanced and comprehensive analysis of health care today. This best-selling anthology includes both micro-level and structural perspectives, frameworks for understanding these critical issues, and a breadth of material that allows instructors to mix and match materials to meet their course needs.

New to this Edition

  • 17 readings are new to this edition.
  • All introductions by the editors have been updated to reflect new readings and the latest data.
  • The sections on Financing Medical Care and Health Care Reform have been merged to reflect the current debate about health policy taking place largely within the context of financing.
  • The section previously called Comparative Health Policies is now called Global Issues, with an expanded scope that includes health inequalities between countries, the globalization of ADHD, and the international migration of health care workers.
  • New material on the dilemmas of medical technology provides both a conceptual framework for understanding the key issues as well as a case study about genetic counseling to help students apply those concepts directly.
  • New readings on illness, medicine, and the internet offer increasingly relevant information on how individuals address health and illness in their increasingly technology-dominated lives.
  • A new section on globalization helps students understand the impact of factors such as the international pharmaceutical industry, international migration, and the role of the internet.
Chapter 1. The Social Nature of Disease
Reading 1. Medical Measures and the Decline of Mortality

John B. McKinlay and Sonja M. McKinlay
Reading 2. Social Conditions as Fundamental Causes of Health Inequalities

Jo C. Phelan, Bruce G. Link and Parisa Tehranifar
Chapter 2. Who Gets Sick? The Unequal Social Distribution of Disease
Reading 3. Social Class, Susceptibility, and Sickness

S. Leonard Syme and Lisa F. Berkman
Reading 4. Racism and Health: Pathways and Scientific Evidence

David R. Williams and Selina A. Mohammed
Reading 5. Sex, Gender, and Vulnerability

Rachel C. Snow
Reading 6. Structural Violence and Clinical Medicine

Paul E. Farmer et al.
Reading 7. A Case of Refocusing Upstream: The Political Economy of Illness

John B. McKnight
Chapter 3. Our Sickening Social and Physical Environments
Reading 8. Social Relationships and Health

James S. House, Karl R. Landis and Debra Umberson
Reading 9. The Health Politics of Asthma

Phil Brown et al.
Reading 10. Dying Alone: The Social Production of Urban Isolation

Eric Klinenberg
Chapter 4. The Social and Cultural Meanings of Illness
Reading 11. Morality and Health: News Media Constructions of Overweight and Eating Disorders

Abigail C. Saguy and Kjerstin Gruys
Reading 12. Illness Meaning of AIDS Among Women with HIV: Merging Immunology and Life Experience

Alison Scott
Reading 13. Whose Deaths Matter?: Mortality, Advocacy, and Attention to Disease in the Mass Media

Elizabeth M. Armstrong, Dan Carpenter and Marie E. Hojnacki
Chapter 5. The Experience of Illness
Reading 14. Electronic Support Groups, Patient-Consumers, and Medicalization: The Case of Contested Illness

Kristin K. Barker
Reading 15. The Meaning of Medications: Another Look at Compliance

Peter Conrad
Reading 16. Being-in-Dialysis: The Experience of the Machine-Body for Home Dialysis Users

Rhonda Shaw
Chapter 6. The Rise and Fall of the Dominance of Medicine
Reading 17. Professionalization, Monopoly, and the Structure of Medical Practice

Peter Conrad and Joseph W. Schneider
Reading 18. Notes on the Decline of Midwives and the Rise of Medical Obstetricians

Richard W. Wertz and Dorothy C. Wertz
Reading 19. The End of the Golden Age of Doctoring

John B. McKinlay and Lisa D. Marceau
Reading 20. Countervailing Power: The Changing Character of the Medical Profession in the United States

Donald W. Light
Chapter 7. Other Providers In and Out of Medicine
Reading 21. A Caring Dilemma: Womanhood and Nursing in Historical Perspective

Susan Reverby
Reading 22. From Quackery to “Complementary” Medicine: The American Medical Profession Confronts Alternative Therapies

Terri A. Winnick
Chapter 8. Pharmaceuticalization
Reading 23. From Lydia Pinkham to Queen Levitra: Direct-to-Consumer Advertising and Medicalization

Peter Conrad and Valerie Leiter
24. Prescriptions and Proscriptions: Moralizing Sleep Medications

Jonathan Gabe, Catherine M. Coveney and Simon J. Williams
Chapter 9. Financing Medical Care
Reading 25. Paying for Health Care

Thomas Bodenheimer and Kevin Grumbach
Reading 26. The Origins of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Jill Quadagno
Reading 27. The Debate Over Health Care Rationing: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Alan B. Cohen
Chapter 10. Medicine in Practice
Reading 28. The Struggle Between the Voice of Medicine and the Voice of the Lifeworld

Elliot G. Mishler
Reading 29. Cultural Brokerage: Creating Linkages Between Voices of Lifeworld and Medicine in Cross-Cultural Clinical Settings

Ming-Cheng Miriam Lo
Reading 30. Social Death as Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Stefan Timmermans
Reading 31. "I want you to save my kid!": Illness management strategies, access, and inequality at an elite university research hospital

Amanda M. Gengler
Chapter 11. Dilemmas of Medical Technology
Reading 32. Medical Sociology and Technology: Critical Engagements

Monica J. Casper and Daniel R. Morrison
Reading 33. “It just becomes much more complicated”: Genetic Counselors’ Views on Genetics and Prenatal Testing

Susan Markens
Chapter 12. The Relevance of Risk
Reading 34. Risk as Moral Danger: The Social and Political Functions of Risk

Deborah Lupton
Reading 35. The Pursuit of Preventive Care for Chronic Illness: Turning Healthy People into Chronic Patients

Meta J. Kreiner and Linda M. Hunt
Chapter 13. The Medicalization of American Society
Reading 36. Medicine as an Institution of Social Control

Irving Kenneth Zola
Reading 37. The Shifting Engines of Medicalization

Peter Conrad
Reading 38. The Best Laid Plans? Women’s Choices, Expectations and Experiences in Childbirth

Claudia Malacrida and Tiffany Boulton
Reading 39. C-Section Epidemic

Theresa Morris
Chapter 14. Illness, Medicine, and the Internet
Reading 40. Illness and the Internet: From Private to Public Experience

Peter Conrad, Julia Bandini and Alexandria Vasquez
Reading 41. It’s Like Having a Physician in Your Pocket! A Critical Analysis of Self-Diagnosis Smartphone Apps

Deborah Lupton and Annemarie Jutel
Chapter 15. Prevention, Movements, and Social Change
Reading 42. Politicizing Health Care

John McKnight
Reading 43. Embodied Health Movements: Uncharted Territory in Social Movement Research

Phil Brown et al.
Chapter 16. Global Issues
Reading 44. Health Inequalities in Global Context

Jason Beckfield, Sigrun Olafsdottir and Elyas Bakhtiari
Reading 45. The Impending Globalization of ADHD: Notes on the Expansion and Growth of a Medicalized Disorder

Peter Conrad and Meredith R. Bergey
Reading 46. International Medical Migration: The Global Movements of Doctors and Nurses

Hannah Bradby

Comprehensive and adaptable to a number of pedagogical approaches.

Dr Bradly Nabors
Sociology Dept, Drexel University
August 14, 2021

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ISBN: 9781544326245