Second Opinion Sixth Edition is an essential text for students of health sociology, introducing students to the theories, concepts and contexts needed to understand the social origins of health and illness. The book covers various sociological theories and perspectives relevant to health, including: the social patterns in the distribution of health and illness, the social construction of health and illness, and the social organisation of health care.

Fully updated and with new chapters on young people's health, the social determinants of obesity and health and medical technology, Second Opinion encourages students to rethink their own pre-conceptions, and adopt a second opinion about how health, illness, and the health care system are by-products of the way a society is organised.

  • Vignettes at the beginning of each chapter introduce topics and encourage a sociologically reflexive approach.
  • Doing health sociology' boxes link theory to practice and highlight sociological research and theories for informing health care practice, health policy.
  • Discussion questions facilitate student engagement and continue the sociological debate.
  • Increased focus on critical reflection through questions at the end of the 'Case study: Doing Sociology' boxes.

New to this Edition:

  • The text has been heavily revised to ensure that it is the most up-to-date text covering current and emerging topics in health sociology.
  • Several new authors have come on board, revising existing chapters to reflect the evolution of health sociology.
  • New chapters: 11 - Young people's health; 12 The social determinants of Obesity; 18 - Health and Medical Technology.
  • Case Studies have been refreshed providing updated examples in the current context.
  • Improved focus on critical reflection by adding questions at the end of the 'Case study: Doing Sociology' boxes.
  • Readability and student-appeal has been enhanced through a smaller book format.
  • Updated documentary and film references.

About the Author: John Germov (PhD) is Professor of Sociology and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Education and Arts at the University of Newcastle (Australia). He is the President of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH), the peak national body on research and teaching in humanities and social sciences. John is a former President of the Australian Sociological Association and served on the Executive of the International Sociological Association.

SKU: 208192

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