The bestselling An Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Illness has long been the go-to text for students looking for a clear, engaging and theoretically informed introduction to this dynamic topic.
Written with a truly sociological and critical perspective, and thoroughly updated to include the latest cutting-edge thinking in the area, the new edition is packed with new empirical examples. Updates to content include:
•A whole new section on Fleck, ‘Thought Styles after Fleck’
•A new section on ‘Transformations of the Medical Profession’
Incorporating helpful learning features including chapter overviews, boxed cases, summaries and further reading, An Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Illness is a stimulating and thought-provoking essential text for students in health, nursing and sociology schools.
Introduction The Social Construction of Medical Knowledge The Development of the Sociology of Health Postmodernity, Epidemiology and Neo-Liberalism Materialist Approaches to the Sociology of Health Parson, American Sociology of Medicine and the Sick Role Foucault and the Sociology of Medical Knowledge Health, Gender and Feminism Race, Ethnicity and Health Conclusion
Praise for second edition:
Kevin White guides us through the many reasons for the centrality of health showing clearly that health and illness are the products not just of our biology but of the society into which we are born. He expertly draws on the works of Parsons, Marx, Foucault and feminist writers to provide an authoritative analysis of the social nature of health.
-Ray Fitzpatrick, University of Oxford
Kevin White is Reader in Sociology at the Australian National University, Canberra. He has held appointments at Flinders University, Wollongong University and Victoria University, Wellington New Zealand. He has published widely in the sociology of health and in the social history of medicine. At ANU he lectures the large introductory class, Introduction to Social Psychology, The Sociology of Health and Illness, Classical Social theory and Qualitative Methods.