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Health and social theory

Author: Fernando De Maio
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
Series: Traditions in social theory.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What we consider to be healthy is shaped by society; we compare our own health with those around us and identify illness according to social norms. But how are these standards established and how do they change? Is health a personal trouble or a public issue? And can sociology allow us to develop a comprehensive analysis of the determinants of health? This book examines how social theory shows us that health is not  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fernando De Maio
ISBN: 9780230517424 0230517420 9780230517417 0230517412
OCLC Number: 468854721
Description: xiv, 204 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Foundations of medical sociology --
Theoretical contours --
Health inequities --
Health care systems --Medicalization --
The medical encounter --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Traditions in social theory.
Responsibility: Fernando De Maio.

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Concise yet comprehensive, this book draws together key theoretical perspectives and significant research work in health and social theory. Exploring issues such as health inequities, healthcare  Read more...

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