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The New Blackwell Companion to Medical Sociology. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Sociology

  • ID: 4030580
  • Book
  • 616 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Including chapters from 35 leading international experts on health–related issues, The New Blackwell Companion to Medical Sociology offers insights into the substantive topics of central interest in medical and health sociology. Coverage ranges from standard subjects such as theory, health and social class, racial and gender stratification, stress, and health professions, to relatively new and engaging topics like bioethics, genetics and society, newly emerging infectious diseases, and links to neuroscience.

In recent years medical sociology has evolved into a field that is both applied and theoretical, and in control of its own approach to research. The chapters in this volume not only review relevant empirical research, but are also theoretically informed.

With its global perspective and international authorship, the companion provides an authoritative, topical and comprehensive reference to the key concepts and the most important traditional and contemporary issues in medical sociology.

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List of Contributors viii

Preface xv

PART I INTRODUCTION 1

1 Medical Sociology and Sociological Theory 3William C. Cockerham and Graham Scambler

2 Health and Culture 27Stella Quah

3 The Sociology of the Body 47Sarah Nettleton

PART II HEALTH AND SOCIAL INEQUALITIES 69

4 Health and Social Stratification 71Eero Lahelma

5 Health Status and Gender 97Ellen Annandale

6 Health, Ethnicity, and Race 113Hannah Bradby and James Y. Nazroo

PART III HEALTH AND SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS 131

7 Health and Religion 133Ellen L. Idler

8 Health Lifestyles: Bringing Structure Back 159William C. Cockerham

9 Social Capital and Health 184Lijun Song, Joonmo Son, and Nan Lin

10 Medicalization, Social Control, and the Relief of Suffering 211Joseph E. Davis

11 Stress 242William R. Avison and Stephanie S. Thomas

12 Stress in the Workplace 268Johannes Siegrist

PART IV HEALTH AND DISEASE 289

13 Emerging Infectious Diseases, Urbanization, and Globalization in the Time of Global Warming 291George J. Armelagos and Kristin N. Harper

14 Chronic Illness 312Kathy Charmaz and Dana Rosenfeld

PART V HEALTH CARE DELIVERY 335

15 Health Professions and Occupations 337Elianne Riska

16 Challenges to the Doctor Patient Relationship in the Twenty–First Century 355Jennifer Vanderminden and Sharyn J. Potter

17 Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Processes of Legitimation, Professionalization, and Cooption 373Hans A. Baer

18 The American Health Care System: Beginning the Twenty–First Century with High Risk, Major Challenges, and Great Opportunities 391Bernice A. Pescosolido and Carol A. Boyer

19 The British Health Care System 412Michael Bury

20 The Convergence and Divergence of Modern Health Care Systems 434Fred Stevens

21 Social Policies and Health Inequalities 455Amélie Quesnel–Vallée and Tania Jenkins

PART VI NEW DEVELOPMENTS 485

22 A Sociological Gaze on Bioethics 487Kristina Orfali and Raymond G. DeVries

23 Medical Sociology and Genetics 511Paul A. Martin and Robert Dingwall

24 New Developments in Neuroscience and Medical Sociology 530Simon J. Williams

Author Index 552

Subject Index 584

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