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The Sociology of Health and Illness


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Acknowledgements Preface to First Edition Preface to Second Edition Preface to Third Edition 1 Introduction: The Changing Domains of the Sociology of Health and Illness 2 The Social Construction of Medical Knowledge 3 Lay Health Beliefs, Lifestyles and Risk 4 The Experience of Chronic Illness and Disability 5 The Sociology of the Body 6 The Sociology of LayDProfessional Interactions 7 Social Inequalities and Health Status 8 Late Modernism and the Changing Social Relations of Formal Health Care Work 9 The Sociology of Innovative Health Technology 10 Sociological Analyses of Developments in UK Health Policy: A New Paradigm for Health Care? Bibliography Index

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Sarah Nettleton is professor of sociology at the University of York, UK.


"Covers the topic from every angle." Five star review in Nursing Standard "This engaging and comprehensive textbook is the mainstay of ourreading lists. It agilely appeals both to those familiar andunfamiliar with sociology. This third edition is therefore mostwelcome and the new material ensures contemporary resonance withthe changing parameters of health and illness and the analysesrequired to understand them." Sarah Cunningham-Burley, University of Edinburgh "This new edition of Sarah Nettleton s medical sociologytextbook has several unique features allowing it to stand apartfrom its competitors. The chapter on the sociology of the body issimply the best account of this topic available in any textbook andthe new chapter on innovative health technologies is an interestingand welcome addition. The book weaves theory, especially socialconstructionism, and empirical research together to provide athorough account of medical sociology." William C. Cockerham, University of Alabama atBirmingham "Revised and updated for a third time, with a new chapter onhealth technologies, Nettleton s The Sociology of Healthand Illness remains a key textbook in the field for studentsand seasoned professionals alike." Simon Williams, University of Warwick

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