Sociology and Health
An Introduction, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2009 – 248 pages
This lively, introductory text provides students and health practitioners with the foundations of a sociological understanding of health issues. Written for anyone who is interested in health and disease in contemporary global society, this book engages the reader to act upon their occupational and moral responsibilities.
It explains the key sociological theories and debates with humour and imagination in a way that will encourage an inquisitive and reflective approach on the part of any student who engages with the text. With individual chapters covering sociology, health, science, power, medicalisation, madness happiness, sex, violence and death, Sociology and Health is organized so that the student moves through sociological approaches and themes which constantly recur in the experience of healthcare.
Students will find this a readable and controversial text which covers the ground they need to know in a thought-provoking way. Lecturers will find it a helpful text for generating discussion in tutorials and seminars. There are summaries at the end of each chapter, suggestions for further reading and ideas for the reader.
'Be prepared for a robust account of ways in which society causes sickness, misery, and death in reading Peter Morrall's book Sociology and Health. He not only outlines how society makes people unhealthy, but encourages the reader (with examples) to take what he calls 'moral action' to make social conditions healthier - and then e-mail him about it. This is clearly a different kind of textbook. It draws the reader into the field of health sociology and encourages the person to take positive action to help produce a healthier society.'
William C. Cockerham, University of Alabama at Birmingham , USA
Introduction 1. Sociology 2. Health 3. Science 4. Power 5. Medicalisation 6. Madness 7. Misery 8. Sex 9. Death Conclusion
Peter Morrall is Senior Lecturer in Health and Sociology at the University of Leeds, UK.