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Health, Illness, and Healing: Society, Social Context, and Self

An Anthology

Edited by Kathy Charmaz and Debora A. Paterniti

Publication Date - January 1998

ISBN: 9780195329766

600 pages
6-7/8 x 9-3/16 inches

Retail Price to Students: $164.99

This anthology addresses significant topics that most other texts overlook: definitions of health and illness, meanings of suffering, and the sociology of the body.


This innovative collection offers a fresh look at health, healing, and illness--providing a "bridge" between human experience and social policies and practices. The book brings people with illness into the foreground; it goes beyond patient's roles and into their lives--emphasizing the gap between the acute care model and the needs of the chronically ill.

The readings link personal accounts with structural problems, inviting students to identify with these authors and to see the social issues within their stories. Selections are accessible and edited for succinctness. Section and chapter introductions bring the articles into focus and guide student reading. Discussion questions stimulate critical thinking, and suggested readings direct students to pivotal references.

Throughout the book, coverage demonstrates how gender, race, class, and age affect patients and players within the health-care system. Stories help students reexamine their assumptions about medical care "shoulds" and "oughts" and to think critically about future priorities and trends. Other articles cover:

* Illness and identity
* Care and control
* Becoming a person with HIV disease
* The damaged self
* Rationing medical care
* Marketing rehabilitation goods and services
* The problematic nature of defining health
* Socioeconomic differences in health service

Table of Contents

    Defining Health and Illness
    1. Conceptions of Health, David Mechanic
    2. Accounts of Health and Illness: Dilemmas and Representations, Alan Radley and Michael Billig
    3. The Origins of the Health Movement, Michael Goldstein
    4. The Subject in Health Promotion Campaigns, Deborah Lupton
    The Self In Social Context
    5. Seeing Through Pain, Arthur Frank
    6. Mastectomy and Reconstruction, Amy Gross and Dee Ito
    7. The Desert, Nancy Mairs
    8. The Damaged Self, Robert Murphy
    9. Discoveries of Self in Illness, Kathy Charmaz
    10. Illness and Identity, David Karp
    11. The Body, Identity, and the Self: Adapting to Impairment, Kathy Charmaz
    12. The Rigors of Kidney Dialysis for Robert Banes, Laurie Abraham
    13. A Weekend in the Life of a Medical Student, Perri Klass
    14. Never Enough Time: How Medical Residents Manage a Scarce Resource, William Yoels and Jeffrey Clair
    Care-taking and Caring-giving Relationships
    15. Respect, Satisfaction, and Health Care: Canada and the U.S., David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler
    16. The Caregiver's Perspective, Emily Abel
    17. Care and Control: Managing Stress by Medicalizing Deviance, Karen Lyman
    18. Narratives of Aging and Social Problems in Medical Encounters with Older Persons, Howard Waitzkin, Theron Britt, and Constance Williams
    19. The Prevalence of Patient's Expectations for Care, Richard Kravitz, Edward Callahan, Debora Paterniti, Deirdre Antonius, Marcia Dunham, and Charles Lewis
    20. If It's Not Charted, It Didn't Happen, Timothy Diamond
    21. Mr. Kilwauski, Frederic Hafferty
    Institutional and Organizational Constraints
    22. My Residency, Michele Harrison
    23. The Radicalization of Birthing: Going Through Changes, Barbara Katz-Rothman
    24. Boundary Encroachment and Task Delegation: Clinical Pharmacists on the Medical Team , Mark Mesler
    25. What It Means to Be a Nurse, Daniel Chambliss
    26. Wellness in the Workplace: Potentials and Pitfalls of Worksite Health Promotion, Peter Conrad
    27. Stress and Burnout in the Social World of Hospice, Judith Levy and Audrey Gordon
    Social and Cultural Structures of Care
    28. Medical Metaphors of Women's Bodies: Menstruation and Menopause, Emily Martin
    29. The Rise of the Surgical Fix, Kathy Davis
    30. The Marketing of Goods and Services, Gary Albrecht
    31. Robust Resistance, Alexandra Dundas Todd
    32. Race and Infant Mortality, David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler
    33. U.S. Socioeconomic Differences in Health: Patterns and Explanations, David Williams and Chiquita Collins
    34. Pathways of Health and Death, Lois Verbrugge
    35. Latina and African American Women: Continuing Disparities in Health, Marsha Lillie-Blanton, Rose Marie Martinez, Andrea Kidd Taylor, and Betty Garman Robinson
    36. Impact of Marital Status on Outcomes in Hospitalized Patients, Howard Gordon and Gary Rosenthal
    37. Why the U.S. Health-Care System Does Not Respond to People's Needs, Vicente Navarro
    38. The Canadian System, David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler
    39. Japan's Medical System, John Igelhardt
    40. Twenty Years of Health Care in Japan, Toshiomi Asahi
    The Social Construction of Illness: The Case of Aids
    41. Brad, Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley
    42. Trends in AIDS Incidence, Deaths, and Prevalence in the United States, Centers for Disease Control
    43. Women and HIV, Gena Corea
    44. Becoming a Person With HIV Disease, Rose Weitz
    45. Ethical Problems Involving Sexuality, Miriam Cameron
    46. Confronting Deadly Disease: The Drama of Identity Construction Among Gay Men With AIDS, Kent Sandstrom
    47. AIDS and the Impact on Medical Work: The Culture and Politics of the Shop Floor, Charles Bosk and Joel Frader
    48. AIDS Prevention Outreach Among Injection Drug Users: Agency Problems and New Approaches, Robert Broadhead and Douglas Heckathorn
    The Future of Health, Illness, and Healing
    49. Playing God, David Hilfiker
    50. Baby Doe Before Regulations, Charles Bosk
    51. The "Do Not Resuscitate" Order as Ritual, Robert Zussman
    52. On the Ragged Edge: Needs, Endless Needs, Daniel Callahan
    53. The Rising Costs of Health Care, David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler
    54. The Disability Wars, Timothy Kenny
    55. The Politics of Women's Health, Sally Shumaker and Teresa Smith
    56. Rationing Medical Care: A Sociological Reflection, Peter Conrad and Phil Brown
    57. Why Major Reform Is Needed, Anselm Strauss and Juliet Corbin

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