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Handbook of the Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healing

A Blueprint for the 21st Century

Pescosolido, B.A., Martin, J.K., McLeod, J.D., Rogers, A. (Eds.)

2011, XII, 571 p.

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  • Takes medical sociology to the next level by investigating the roles of social forces in health, illness and healing
  • Provides updates on the field since the last major Handbook of Medical Sociology was published in 2001
  • The editors have chaired sections of ASA divisions (Medical Sociology, Mental Health, and Children and Youth) as well as the governance of ASA itself (former VP of ASA)

The Handbook of the Sociology of Health, Illness & Healing advances the understanding of medical sociology by identifying the most important contemporary challenges to the field and suggesting directions for future inquiry. The editors provide a blueprint for guiding research and teaching agendas for the first quarter of the 21st century.

In a series of essays, this volume offers a systematic view of the critical questions that face our understanding of the role of social forces in health, illness and healing. It also provides an overall theoretical framework and asks medical sociologists to consider the implications of taking on new directions and approaches. Such issues may include the importance of multiple levels of influences, the utility of dynamic, life course approaches, the role of culture, the impact of social networks, the importance of fundamental causes approaches, and the influences of state structures and policy making.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Health Care - Health Policy - medical sociology - sociology of mental health

Related subjects » Public Health - Social Sciences

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