Second Opinion An Introduction to Health Sociology

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-12-30
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Second Opinion: An Introduction to Health Sociology introduces students to the theories, concepts, issues, and contexts of the field.


* Vignettes at the beginning of each chapter introduce a topic and encourage a sociologically reflexive approach

* "Doing Health Sociology" boxes link theory to practice and highlight sociological research and theories for informing health care practice, health policy, and public understanding of the social origins of health and illness

* Discussion questions at the end of each chapter facilitate student engagement and continue the sociological debate

* Extensive online resources supplement each chapter, including YouTube and MOOC videos, suggested further reading, recommended websites, and chapters from previous editions

Author Biography

John Germov, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education & Arts, University of Newcastle

John Germov (PhD) is Professor of Sociology and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle (Australia). He is the President of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH), the peak national body on research and teaching in humanities and social sciences. John is a former President of the Australian Sociological Association and served on the Executive of the International Sociological Association. In 2010, he received the prestigious national honour, the Outstanding Service to the Australian Sociological Association Award. His research interests span the social determinants of health, with a particular focus on the Slow Food movement and ethical consumption, alcohol and harm minimisation, and the historical sociology of wine in Australia.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Health Sociology and the Social Model of Health
1. Imagining Health Problems as Social Issues
John Germov
2. Theorising Health: Major Theoretical Perspectives in Health Sociology
John Germov
3. Well-being and Wellness
Daniela Heil
Part 2 The Social Production and Distribution of Health and Illness
4. Global Public Health
Alex Broom and John Germov
5. The Class Origins of Health Inequality
John Germov
6. Workplace Health
Toni Schofield
7. Gendered Health
Dorothy Broom, Maria Freij and John Germov
8. Indigenous Health: The Perpetuation of Inequality
Dennis Gray, Sherry Saggers and Annalee Stearne
9. Ethnicity, Health, and Multiculturalism
Roberta Julian
10. Rural Health
Clarissa Hughes
Part 3 The Social Construction of Health and Illness
11. The Social Appetite: A Sociological Approach to Food and Nutrition
Lauren Williams and John Germov
12. The Medicalisation of Deviance
Sharyn L. Roach Anleu
13. Mental Illness: Understandings, Experience, and Service Provision
Anne-Maree Sawyer and Pauline Savy
14. The Illness Experience, Lay Perspectives, Disability and Chronic Illness
Daphne Habibis
15. Drug Use and Abuse in Australia: Social Origins, Impacts, and Responses
Maria Freij and John Germov
16. Ageing, Health, and the Demographic Revolution
Marilyn Poole
17. The Human Genome Project: A Sociology of Medical Technology
Evan Willis
18. Media and Health: Moral Panics, Miracles, and Medicalisation
John Germov and Maria Freij
Part 4 The Social Organisation of Health Care: Professions, Politics and Policies
19. Power, Politics, and Health Care
Helen Belcher
20. Challenges to Medical Dominance
John Germov
21. Sociology of Nursing
Helen Keleher
22. The Sociology of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Alex Broom
23. Jostling for Position: A Sociology of Allied Health
Lauren Williams and Tanya Lawlis
24. A Sociology of Health Promotion
John Germov, Maria Freij and Katy Richmond
25. Community Health Services in Australia
Fran Baum

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