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Social Causes of Health and Disease

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780745661209

ISBN10:
0745661203
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/22/2013
Publisher(s):
POLITY
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Summary

In this stimulating book, William C. Cockerham, a leading medical sociologist, assesses the evidence that social factors (such as stress, poverty, unhealthy lifestyles, and unpleasant living and work conditions) have direct causal effects on health and many diseases. Noting a new emphasis upon social structure in both theory and multi-level research techniques, the author argues that a paradigm shift has been emerging in 21st-century medical sociology, which looks beyond individual explanations for health and disease. The field has headed toward a fundamentally different orientation, and Cockerham's work has been at the forefront of these changes. The second edition of his compelling account has been thoroughly revised and updated with further contemporary developments, and also includes an expanded discussion of the relationship between race and health as well as new material on health care reform and social policy. This engaging text will be indispensable reading for all students and scholars of medical sociology, especially those with the courage to confront the possibility that society really does make people sick.

Author Biography

William C. Cockerham is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.

Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Social Causation of Health and Disease
2 Theorizing about Health and Disease
3 Health Lifestyles
4 The Power of Class
5 Class and Health: Explaining the Relationship
6 Age, Gender, and Race/Ethnicity as Structural Variables
7 Living Conditions and Neighborhood Disadvantage
8 Health and Social Capital
Concluding Remarks
References
Index


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