AUTHORS: Weitz, Rose - ©2010
This highly readable text offers a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the sociology of health, including both micro and macro-level topics. Readers will appreciate the critical perspective that enables students to question their previously-held beliefs about health and illness. In THE SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH, ILLNESS, AND HEALTH CARE: A CRITICAL APPROACH, Dr. Weitz examines health and medicine, emphasizing the effects of power, and how social forces create illness, affect our ideas about the meaning of illness and disability, structure health care institutions, and affect the work and social position of health care workers. This text uses sociological perspective to thoroughly examine the social construction and cultural forces of health and illness, the social determinants and consequences of health status, and how health care systems operate in other parts of the world. THE SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH, ILLNESS, AND HEALTH CARE: A CRITICAL APPROACH focuses on health within the United States, but also examines global health care issues.