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Understanding the Sociology of Health By Anne-Marie Barry

Understanding the Sociology of Health
by Anne-Marie Barry

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A down-to-earth introduction to the sociology of health and already widely used on undergraduate courses in Health and Nursing. Provides great coverage of the key topics with helpful examples, without being too full of jargon.
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Understanding the Sociology of Health: An Introduction by Anne-Marie Barry

Understanding the Sociology of Health, 3rd Edition is a truly 'readable' introduction to a subject which is often shrouded in jargon. Providing case studies and exercises to really get you thinking, this book shows how sociology provides the means to answer complex questions about health and illness, such as why health inequalities exist:

The 3rd edition includes four new chapters on

- history of health & healing

- sexuality

- sport, fitness & exercise

- death & dying

Though aimed primarily at students on health and social care courses and professions allied to medicine, this textbook provides valuable insights for anyone interested in the social aspects of health.

Visit the companion website at to find a range of teaching and learning material for lecturers and students.

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About Anne-Marie Barry

Anne-Marie Barry is a research consultant in Edinburgh and former lecturer in health sociology at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Her research interests primarily focus on social inequalities and health and wellbeing and have also included alcohol and drug use, sexual health, mental health and bereavement. Chris Yuill is a sociologist at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, whose work focuses on the sociology of health and the sociology of urban experiences. In addition to a variety of journal publications and research reports he has written and co-edited a number of textbooks for SAGE, one of his most recent being Sociology for Social Work co-edited with Alastair Gibson. Other texts include Understanding the Sociology of Health: An Introduction with Anne-Marie Barry, which is now in its third edition and has also been translated into Chinese. Chris has also served two terms on the executive of the British Sociological Association.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: THEORIES, PERSPECTIVES AND CONCEPTS Sociological Theory: Explaining and Theorizing Concepts of Health and Medicine Medical Power and Knowledge Challenging Medical Dominance Evidence and Enquiry: An Overview of Sociological Research PART TWO: KEY THEMES Class and Health Ethnicity, Race and Health Gender and Health Mental Health Sexualities and Health - Megan Todd Sociology of the Body: Chronic Illness and Disability Health, Ageing and the Life Course PART THREE: CONTEXTS Places of Care Health Care in Context - Clare Swan and Pedro Morago A Brief Social History of Health and Healing Sport, Health, Exercise and the Body Death and Dying

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Understanding the Sociology of Health: An Introduction by Anne-Marie Barry
Anne-Marie Barry
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