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Provides a global source and reference in social dimensions of health and illness
Global relevance coupled with illustration from African context
Presentation of current research directions in the field
This book presents a comprehensive discussion of classical ideas, core topics, currents, and detailed theoretical underpinnings in medical sociology. It is a globally renowned source and reference for those interested in social dimensions of health and illness. The presentation is enriched with explanatory and illustrative styles. The design and illustration of details will shift the minds of the readers from mere classroom discourse to societal context (the space of health issues), to consider the implications of those ideas in a way that could guide health interventions. The elemental strengths are the sociological illustrations from African context, rooted in deep cultural interpretations necessitated because Africa bears a greater brunt of health problems. More so, the classical and current epistemological and theoretical discourse presented in this book are indicative of core themes in medical sociology in particular, but cut across a multidisciplinary realm including health social sciences (e.g., medical anthropology, health psychology, medical demography, medical geography and health economics) and health studies (medicine, public health, epidemiology, bioethics, and medical humanities) in general. Therefore, apart from the book’s relevance as a teaching text of medical sociology for academics, it is also meant for students at various levels and all health professionals who require a deeper understanding of social dimensions of health and illness (with illustrations from the African context), and sociological contributions to health studies in general.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Client-practitioner relations - Guiding health interventions - Health behaviour and illness behaviour - Health economics - Health problems - Health psychology - Health social sciences - Health studies - Health, disease and illness - Marxism and feminism - Medical anthropology - Medical demography and geography - Social determinants/context of health - Social dimensions of health and illness - Society, culture and health - Sociology of bioethics - The space of health issues - Traditional and modern health care