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Sociology of Health and Medicine

Sociology of Health and Sociology of Medicine covers Health and Social Behavior and the Sociological Concepts of Health. The study of medicine and health policy is a central concern of sociology. Methods to the understanding of health and medicine in their social context of health, illness, and health care. Sociological approaches to health and health care have a long history. Subjective experience of health and illness; political, economic, and environmental circumstances that threaten health; and Societal forces that impact on the medical care system and on people's responses to illness. Many of the current preoccupations within the field of study of what for many years has been known as 'medical sociology', but now which has increasingly been redesignated as 'the sociology of health and illness.' Medical Tourism offers a business and a value proposition.

The study of medicine and health policy is a central concern of sociology. This is evidenced by the very active medical sociology sections within national sociological associations and the abundance of literature in the field. Sociology of health and medicine is about research in social and cultural factors in health and medicine. Research in comparative medical sociology and health policy. There continues to be a debate within sociology of health and illness about the extent to which structures determine health, compared to the degree to which people have the capacity to control their health. Currently there is considerable research in medical sociology on the precise effects of a range of inequalities like economic, class, gender, age and ethnicity on specific patterns of illhealth and disease.

ASA - The Medical Sociology Section, one of the ASA's largest sections, brings together social and behavioral scientists from a variety of backgrounds who share an interest in the social contexts of health, illness, and health care. Drawing from many perspectives, the field of medical sociology is concerned with basic sociological research and its implications for public policy and practice.

The BSA Medical Sociology Group promotes scholarship and communication in the field of the sociology of health and illness in the United Kingdom. The group is one of the largest and most active study groups of the BSA.

Research Committee on Sociology of Health RC15
Established in 1959
Research into the sociology of health and illness is the primary objective of RC 15. It supports individual scholars, institutions, and associations that are concerned with such research. It promotes information exchange and scientific meetings at regional, national, and international levels. It also stimulates the thinking of health scholars in search of the most vital concepts and analytical frameworks for understanding health and illness in society.

MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
Our aim is to promote human health via the study of social and environmental influences on health.

Kearl's Guide to Health Statistics and the Medical Establishment. In 1993, at the time of President Clinton's health care reform proposal, the nation's medical system made up one-seventh of the economy and employed 11 million people.

Sociology of Health and Medicine Abstracts

Socioeconomic health inequalities among a nationally representative sample of Danish adolescents: the role of different types of social relations - P Due1, J Lynch, B Holstein, J Modvig
Study objective: To investigate the role of different types of social relations in adolescent health inequalities.

Developing, Integrating and Perpetuating New Ways of Applying Sociology To Health, Medicine, Policy and Everyday Life - Clair, Jeffrey., Hinote, Brian., Robinson, Caroline. and Wasserman, Jason.
Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association,
Abstract: Data for this paper involve a content analysis of a ten-year period (1993-2002) of JHSB.

Contemporary legends, rumours and collective behaviour: some neglected resources for medical sociology? - Dingwall, Robert
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers Ltd. Publication Name: Sociology of Health & Illness. Subject: Sociology and social work ISSN: 0141-9889
Abstract: The 'Missing Kidney' contemporary legend describes a person who visited a nightclub, vanished for a weekend, then reappeared with a kidney having been surgically removed.

Innovative Health Technologies and the Social: Redefining Health, Medicine and the Body
Andrew Webster
Current Sociology, Vol. 50, No. 3, 443-457 (2002)
This paper explores the growth and social implications of what are regarded as highly innovative technologies in health. Conventional medical sociology and the sociology of health have had a very uneven engagement with technology, apart from sustained feminist critique of reproductive technologies.

Medicine must change to serve an ageing society
Eradicate age discrimination and increase resources

Alison Tonks, assistant editor - BMJ 1999 December 4; 319(7223).
Doctors and those responsible for commissioning and shaping health services have failed to acknowledge the rapid ageing of most societies.

Theorising Indigenous health: a political economy of health and substance misuse. Health Sociology Review, Saggers, S. and Gray, D. (2002). 10, (2), pp. 21-32. Abstract: For more than two decades we have been engaged in a program of research which examines the health of Indigenous peoples. In this paper we examine Indigenous drinking and its consequences, outline a political economy approach to drinking, and discuss how this has informed our work.

The Balance Between Group and Individual Rights
Sociology 318 - Northern Arizona University - Anne Diedrich
We live in a world of billions of people. Everyday, everything we do affects others. This is especially true with health behavior. When someone chooses to smoke their smoke then affects the people around them as they inhale it. The health choices that a pregnant woman makes always affect the health of her baby.

Inequalities in women's health
The research has examined the factors influencing women's health, highlighting the extent to which paid employment for women is a source of health benefit or role strain. Women's health is shown to be influenced by their marital and parental roles, their participation in paid employment, and material circumstances, such as their class and housing tenure. This work has compared women's health in Britain, Finland, Sweden and Norway, contrasting the different levels of employment participation of women in each society.

Governing the health of the hybrid self: Integrative medicine, neoliberalism, and the shifting biopolitics of subjectivity - Fries, Christopher J - Article from Health Sociology Review Article - December 1, 2008
Abstract: This paper employs a Foucauldian perspective on the shifting spacialisation of medical knowledge to explore the manner in which integrative medicine is discursively represented by its biomedical architects. It is argued that integrative medicine represents an expansion of medical rationality into all domains of human life: biological, psychological, sociological, and spiritual.

The Rhetoric of Health Technology: The Microprocessor Patient Card.
Author(s): Godin, B.. Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to integrate rhetorical studies into the sociology of technology by showing how the use of discourse to enroll actors in a health technology.

Sociomedical Perspectives on Patient Care
Jeffrey Michael Clair and Richard M. Allman; eds.: Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky; 1993. $36.00. Review: Odin W. Anderson - annals.org
The physician-patient relationship has been an inherent problem throughout the history of medicine and has never been fully resolved. Currently, the relationship is made even more problematic by the proliferation of specialties, the various medical service organizations, and the rising costs driven by technology.

The sociology of health promotion: critical analyses of consumption, lifestyle and risk.
Bunton, R., Nettleton, S., Burrows, R.
Abstract: Health promotion as a topic worthy of study in itself has so far mainly escaped the predations of sociologists: their services have been confined to uses within health promotion (lifestyle surveys etc.).

In pursuit of health: Pragmatic acculturation in everyday life
Quah, Stella R
Article from:Health Sociology Review Article date:December 1, 2008
When disease strikes the most immediate reaction is to seek a solution: How to stop this? How to get well again? Then comes the intriguing part: How did I get this problem, and why me?

Books On Sociology Of Health And Medicine

An Introduction to the Sociology of Health & Illness - by Dr Kevin White

The Sociology of Health, Illness, and Health Care: A Critical Approach - by Rose Weitz

The Sociology of Health and Illness - by Peter Conrad

The Sociology of Health, Healing, and Illness (6th Edition) (MySearchLab Series) - (6th Edition) (MySearchLab Series) by Gregory L. Weiss and Lynne E. Lonnquist

The Sociology of Health and Illness: A Reader Sarah Nettleton, Ulla Gustafsson (Editors)

Globalization And Health (International Studies in Sociology and Social Anthropology) - Richard L. Harris, MELINDA SEID.

Sociology of Health and Medicine Journals

Sociology of Health and Illness is an international journal which publishes sociological articles on all aspects of health, illness, medicine and health care. We welcome empirical and theoretical contributions in this field in the form of original research reports or review articles.

Journal of Health and Social Behavior (JHSB) publishes articles that apply sociological concepts and methods to the understanding of health, illness, and medicine in their social context. Its editorial policy favors those manuscripts that build and test knowledge in medical sociology.

Culture, Health & Sexuality is a leading international environment for the publication of papers in the fields of culture, health and sexuality. The journal is broad and multi-disciplinary in focus.Culture, Health and Sexuality takes a genuinely international stance in its consideration of key issues and concerns, as reflected in the composition of the editorial board. More specifically, the journal aims to: Provide an international forum for the analysis of culture and health, health beliefs and systems, social structures and divisions, and the implications for these for sexual health, and individual, collective and community wellbeing.

Health Sociology Review
Health Sociology Review (ISSN 1446-1242) from eContent Management explores the contribution of sociology and sociological research methods to understanding health and illness; to health policy, promotion and practice; and to equity, social justice, social policy and social work.

Sociology of Health and Medicine Bibliography

THE SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE: The Canadian health care system is unique among developed countries because of its universal and comprehensive nature. The Sociology of Health and Health Care provides a general overview of the Canadian health care system, including a historical discussion on the development of the system and an assessment of what it will be like in the future. - ISBN: 0-7730-5538-X, 1996 / Copp Clark Ltd.

Sociology of Mental Disorder, - William C. Cockerham, University of Alabama, Birmingham - ISBN: 0-13-099926-1 - Publisher: Prentice Hall

Sociology of Mental Illness,  - Bernard J. Gallagher, Villanova University - ISBN: 0-13-014408-8 - Publisher: Prentice Hall.

Sociology of Mental Illness, A - Mark Tausig, University of Akron - Janet Michello, LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York - Sree Subedi, Miami University of Ohio.