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Second Opinion

An Introduction to Health Sociology

Sixth Edition

John Germov

Publication Date - January 2019

ISBN: 9780190306489

637 pages
Paperback
9.8 x 8.0 inches

Retail Price to Students: $89.99

Description

Second Opinion, Sixth Edition, is an essential text for students of health sociology, introducing students to the theories, concepts, and contexts needed to understand the social origins of health and illness. The book covers various sociological theories and perspectives relevant to health, including: the social patterns in the distribution of health and illness, the social construction of health and illness, and the social organization of health care.

Now fully updated, this sixth edition features new chapters on young people's health, the social determinants of obesity and health, and medical technology. Second Opinion encourages students to rethink their own pre-conceptions and adopt a second opinion about how health, illness, and the health care system are by-products of the way a society is organized.

New to this Edition

  • Includes the most up-to-date coverage of current and emerging topics in health sociology
  • Several new authors have revised existing chapters to reflect the evolution of health sociology
  • New chapters on young people's health (11), the social determinants of obesity (12), and health and medical technology (18)
  • Revised case studies provide updated examples in the current context
  • Questions at the end of the 'Case study: Doing Sociology' boxes offer an improved focus on critical reflection
  • A smaller book format enhances readability and student appeal
  • Includes updated documentary and film references

About the Author(s)

John Germov is Professor of Sociology and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is the President of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (DASSH), the peak national body on research and teaching in humanities and social sciences. John is a former President of the Australian Sociological Association and served on the Executive of the International Sociological Association.

Table of Contents

    PART ONE: HEALTH SOCIOLOGY AND THE SOCIAL MODEL OF HEALTH
    1. Imagining Health Problems as Social Issues
    2. Theorising Health: Major Theoretical Perspectives in Health Sociology
    3. Well-being and Wellness
    PART TWO: THE SOCIAL PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS
    4. Global Public Health
    5. The Class Origins of Health Inequality
    6. Workplace Health
    7. Gendered Health
    8. Indigenous Health: The Perpetuation of Inequality
    9. Ethnicity, Health and Multiculturalism
    10. Rural Health
    11. Young People's Health (NEW)
    PART THREE: THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS
    12. The Social Origins of Obesity (NEW)
    13. The Medicalisation of Deviance
    14. Mental Illness: Understandings, Experience and Service Provision
    15. The Illness Experience: Lay Perspectives, Disability, and Chronic Illness
    16. Drug Use and Abuse in Australia: Social Origins, Impacts and Responses
    17. Ageing, Health, and the Demographic Revolution
    18. Medical Technology (NEW)
    19. Media and Health: Moral Panics, Miracles and Medicalisation
    PART FOUR: THE SOCIAL ORGANISATION OF HEALTH CARE: PROFESSIONS, POLITICS AND POLICIES
    20. Power, Politics and Health Care
    21. Challenges to Medical Dominance
    22. The Sociology of Nursing
    23. The Sociology of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    24. Jostling for Position: A Sociology of Allied Health
    25. A Sociology of Health Promotion
    Appendix: Tips on Planning, Writing and Referencing a Sociology Essay
    Glossary
    Index

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