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Published: 27 June 2011

424 Pages | 8 tables, 24 figs., 26 photos

7 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780195430677

Bookseller Code (06)

Persuing Health and Wellness

Healthy Societies, Healthy People

Alexander Segall and Christopher J. Fries

  • Unique focus. Places the study of health and illness in a whole new context by focusing on the factors that shape health and wellness rather than defining health as the absence of illness and disease and the consumption of health care. Readers will be engaged by the idea that pursuing health and wellness can add years to life and life to years.
  • Multiple perspectives. No single theory is used in the text to address the complex issue of health in all its dimensions. Given the multidimensional nature of health, Pursuing Health and Wellness considers all the major theoretical paradigms used by sociologists and makes a case for adopting a mixed-methods approach to measure the dimensions of health. Other viewpoints considered are intersectional analysis and the life-course perspectives.
  • Student-friendly narrative. The text's narrative is written in straightforward, easy-to-understand language, with a goal of providing a student-friendly sociological analysis of engaging current events that relate to the pursuit of health and wellness.
  • Robust pedagogical program. Tools for readers--e.g., learning objectives; study questions; graphs and tables; and lists of recommended readings, websites, and media sources--enhance comprehension, understanding, and application of knowledge. As well, special topic boxes cover surveys, public awareness campaigns, and other current events that address the pursuit of health and wellness while biography boxes personalize the insights of some of the most renowned scholars of health, medicine, and body studies.
  • Core and supplementary text. Though it is a core text for sociology of health courses, the unique focus of Pursuing Health and Wellness will also make it a viable supplemental text in interdisciplinary programs such as health studies and health sciences, taught at universities and colleges.

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