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Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Illness 3ed

by Kevin White SAGE Publications Ltd
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The bestselling An Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Illness has long been the go-to text for students looking for a clear, engaging and theoretically informed introduction to this dynamic topic.  


Written with a truly sociological and critical perspective, and thoroughly updated to include the latest cutting-edge thinking in the area, the new edition is packed with new empirical examples. Updates to content include:


•A whole new section on Fleck, ‘Thought Styles after Fleck’

•A new section on ‘Transformations of the Medical Profession’  


Incorporating helpful learning features including chapter overviews, boxed cases, summaries and further reading, An Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Illness is a stimulating and thought-provoking essential text for students in health, nursing and sociology schools.

The Social Construction of Medical Knowledge
The Development of the Sociology of Health
Postmodernity, Epidemiology and Neo-Liberalism
Materialist Approaches to the Sociology of Health
Parson, American Sociology of Medicine and the Sick Role
Foucault and the Sociology of Medical Knowledge
Health, Gender and Feminism
Race, Ethnicity and Health

In the modern world the causes and consequences of illness have become increasingly complex and contested with corresponding changes in health-care delivery and the training of medical professionals. In this heavily revised third edition, Kevin White provides an assured and comprehensive overview of the sociological study of health and illness. Less an Introduction and more a Cornucopia covering sociological perspectives as well as debates about and commentaries on developments in medical knowledge, disease, treatment and medical institutions.


Essential reading for both students and scholars.

Kevin White is Reader in Sociology at the Australian National University, Canberra. He has held appointments at Flinders University, Wollongong University and Victoria University, Wellington New Zealand. He has published widely in the sociology of health and in the social history of medicine. At ANU he lectures the large introductory class, Introduction to Social Psychology, The Sociology of Health and Illness, Classical Social theory and Qualitative Methods.