Health Studies

Sociology of Health and Illness

  1. The Transformation of Contemporary Health Care

    The Market, the Laboratory, and the Forum

    By Tiago Moreira

    Series: Routledge Studies in Health and Social Welfare

    The past three decades have seen enormous changes in the organisation of health care. This book explores the role of knowledge production and technology on these transformations, focusing on the market (attempts to embed principles of economic rationality and efficient use of resources in the...

    Published June 18th 2012 by Routledge

  2. Health, Illness and Culture

    Broken Narratives

    Edited by Lars-Christer Hydén, Jens Brockmeier

    Series: Routledge Studies in Health and Social Welfare

    This collection of essays examines the interrelations between illness, disability, health, society, and culture. The contributors examine how "narratives" have emerged and been utilized within these areas to help those who have experienced d injury, disability, dementia, pain, grief, or...

    Published July 28th 2011 by Routledge

  3. Interdependency and Care over the Lifecourse

    By Sophia Bowlby, Linda McKie, Susan Gregory, Isobel Macpherson

    Series: Relationships and Resources

    Interdependency and Care over the Lifecourse draws upon theories of time and space to consider how informal care is woven into the fabric of everyday lives and is shaped by social and economic inequalities and opportunities. The book comprises three parts. The first explores contrasting social...

    Published January 13th 2010 by Routledge

  4. Key Themes in Health and Social Care

    A Companion to Learning

    Edited by Adam Barnard

    Key Themes in Health and Social Care is a learning resource for students in health and social care. It provides an overview of foundational issues and core themes in the field and introduces key areas of debate, moving from an introductory level to in-depth discussion as the book progresses....

    Published September 3rd 2010 by Routledge

  5. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Decides?

    Abortion, Neonatal Care, Assisted Dying, and Capital Punishment

    By Sheldon Ekland-Olson

    Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

    Issues of Life and Death such as abortion, assisted suicide, capital punishment and others are among the most contentious in many societies. Whose rights are protected? How do these rights and protections change over time and who makes those decisions? Based on the author’s award-winning and hugely...

    Published October 18th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Law, Ethics and Compromise at the Limits of Life

    To Treat or not to Treat?

    By Richard Huxtable

    Series: Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

    A conflict arises in the clinic over the care of a critically ill, incapacitated patient. The clinicians and the patient’s family confront a difficult choice: to treat or not to treat? Decisions to withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment feature frequently in the courts and in the world's...

    Published August 30th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Patient Safety, Law Policy and Practice

    Edited by John Tingle, Pippa Bark

    Patient safety is an issue which in recent years has grown to prominence in a number of countries’ political and health service agendas. The World Health Organisation has launched the World Alliance for Patient Safety. Millions of patients, according to the Alliance, endure prolonged ill-health,...

    Published March 2nd 2011 by Routledge

  8. Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine

    Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China

    By Marta Hanson

    Series: Needham Research Institute Series

    This book traces the history of the Chinese concept of "Warm diseases" (wenbing) from antiquity to the SARS epidemic. Following wenbing from its birth to maturity and even life in modern times Marta Hanson approaches the history of Chinese medicine from a new angle. She explores the possibility of...

    Published July 1st 2011 by Routledge

  9. Autism

    By Stuart Murray

    Series: The Routledge Series Integrating Science and Culture

    Autism is the first book on the condition that seeks to combine medical, historical and cultural approaches to an understanding of the condition. Its purpose is to present a rounded portrayal of the ways in which autism is currently represented in the world, It focuses on three broad areas: the...

    Published September 8th 2011 by Routledge

  10. The End of the Obesity Epidemic

    By Michael Gard

    Despite apocalyptic predictions from a vocal alliance of health professionals, politicians and social commentators that rising obesity levels would lead to a global health crisis, the crisis has not materialised. In this provocative follow up to his classic work of obesity scepticism, The Obesity...

    Published November 3rd 2010 by Routledge

  11. Introducing the New Sexuality Studies

    2nd Edition

    Edited by Steven Seidman, Nancy Fischer

    Breaking new ground, both substantively and stylistically, Introducing the New Sexuality Studies, Second Edition offers students and academics an engaging, thought-provoking introduction and overview of the social study of sexualities. Its central premise is to explore the social construction...

    Published February 13th 2011 by Routledge

  12. The Languages of Sexuality

    By Jeffrey Weeks

    Words, Freud once wrote, are magic. Nowhere have words been more magical than in the writing of sexuality. Through words and concepts we learn what is good or bad, pleasurable or painful, significant and insignificant. The terms we use about sexuality do not simply describe something out there....

    Published April 26th 2011 by Routledge

  13. Creating a New Consensus on Population

    The Politics of Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights, and Women's Empowerment, 2nd Edition

    By Jyoti Shankar Singh, Jyoti Shankar Singh

    Population growth, reproductive health and reproductive rights are amongst the most pressing issues facing governments and the international community. Since the world's governments agreed for the first time on far-reaching and enlightened population policies at the 1994 International Conference on...

    Published September 29th 2009 by Routledge

  14. Close to Home

    Women Reconnect Ecology, Health and Development

    Edited by Vandana Shiva

    It is 20 years since environmental issues were first put on the international agenda at the Stockholm Conference, and concern for planetary survival has shifted from desertification to acid rain to ozone depletion to biodiversity. The official responses to all the various crises, however, has...

    Published November 1st 1994 by Routledge

  15. The Politics of Asbestos

    Understandings of Risk, Disease and Protest

    By Linda Waldman

    Series: Pathways to Sustainability

    Around the world, asbestos-related diseases are on the increase. Meanwhile, in many newly-industrializing and developing countries, asbestos use continues unabated. This book, based on anthropological fieldwork in the UK, India and South Africa, explores people's understandings of their illness,...

    Published March 18th 2011 by Routledge