Mental Health, Social Mirror

Editors: Avison, William R., McLeod, Jane D., Pescosolido, Bernice A. (Eds.)

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About this Textbook

While mental health figured prominently in the writings of classical sociologists, contemporary sociologists often view research on mental health as peripheral to the "real work" of the discipline. The essays in this volume reassert the centrality of research in mental health to sociology. First, they articulate the contributions that mental health research has made and can make to resolving key theoretical and empirical debates in important areas of sociological study. Second, they draw from mainstream theories and concepts to reconsider the potential of sociology to provide answers to critical questions regarding the social origins of and social responses to mental illness. As reflected in the title, the sociological study of mental health provides a reflection of the central processes that characterize our society.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Classical Sociological Theory, Evolutionary Psychology, and Mental Health

    Allan V. Horwitz

    Pages 67-93

  • Contemporary Social Theory and the Sociological Study of Mental Health

    Ann Branaman

    Pages 95-123

  • Class Relations, Economic Inequality and Mental Health: Why Social Class Matters to the Sociology of Mental Health

    Carles Muntaner, Carme Borrell, Haejoo Chung

    Pages 127-141

  • Work and the Political Economy of Stress: Recontextualizing the Study of Mental Health/Illness in Sociology

    Rudy Fenwick, Mark Tausig

    Pages 143-167

  • Life Course Perspectives on Social Factors and Mental Illness

    Linda K. George

    Pages 191-218

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mental Health, Social Mirror
Editors
  • William R. Avison
  • Jane D. McLeod
  • Bernice A. Pescosolido
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-36320-2
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-36320-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-36319-6
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-75699-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 472
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