This thoroughly revised new edition maintains its commitment to providing jargon-free explanations of sociological theories and evidence to show how studying sociology can be useful in all branches of nursing. Readers will develop a clear understanding of what sociology is and why it is essential to practice, gain deeper awareness of social issues such as gender, ethnicity, class and the life course, and become more familiar with the social contexts of health policy and nursing as a profession.
With updates in every chapter, the third edition includes a new chapter on research methods, a reorganized collection of chapters on health policy, extended coverage of long-term illness and disability, as well as contemporary case studies on topical healthcare issues such as dementia, the ‘obesity epidemic’ and recent attempts to integrate health and social care. In addition, the book provides clearly defined learning aims, a useful glossary of sociological concepts, structured activities and questions for discussion, and annotated suggestions for further reading.
The editors and contributing authors to the book have a wealth of experience teaching sociology to nurses at diploma and degree pre-registration and post-registration levels. Their book will continue to spark interest and debate among all student nurses, particularly those approaching sociology for the first time.
Part I: Nursing and the Sociology of Health and Health Care
1. What is Sociology?
Sarah Earle and Keith Sharp
2. Why Should Nurses Study Sociology?
Sarah Earle and Barbara Green
3. What is Health?
4. Nursing as an Occupation
5. Researching Health
Part II: Inequalities and Diversity in Health and Health Care
7. The Family, Health and Caring
Geraldine Brown and Corinne Wilson
8. Age and Ageing
Pat Chambers and Elaine Denny
9. Long Term Illness and Conditions
Sue Ledger, Jan Walmsley and Lindy Shufflebotham
11. Social Class and Health
Sarah Earle and Terry O’Donnell
12. Race and Ethnicity
Part III: Policy Influences on Health and Health Care
13. Policy in Health
14. Managing in Health Care
15. Social Care
16. Global Health
Sarah Earle University College Northampton.
Alistair Hewison University of Birmingham.