Health in Australia: sociological concepts and issues, 3rd Edition

Carol Grbich

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Health in Australia: sociological concepts and issues, 3rd Edition

By Carol Grbich
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A key Australian introductory textbook on heath sociology for nursing and allied health students and upper level undergraduate sociology students is now fully updated with the third edition.

Health in Australia: Sociological concepts and issues 3e is a comprehensive Australian text that has been extensively researched and revised to provide specific information on how social patterns, social processes and social relationships affect the health industry and health care workers.

Included in this text are updated chapters on traditional social analysis topics such as Aboriginal and migrant health, class, ageing, and gender plus extra chapters on professional, political and workplace issues for health professionals, a more specific chapter on bodywork and a new chapter on complementary medicine

Using authentic case studies and tutorial questions the book allows students to familiarise themselves with different sociological theories and theorists, from Weber to Foucault, so they can analyse effectively.

Carol Grbich is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders University in South Australia. She has a strong teaching, research and publications background in qualitative research methodology and health sociology theory.
 Strong pedagogical framework with updated tutorial questions, case studies and exemplars so that students can apply sociological theories to specific situations and see how they relate to the field of health.
 Inclusion of new statistics reflecting the current sociological landscape in Australia.
 Glossary of technical terms supplied for quick reference and ease of student revision.
 Further reading and references are also included to help students in researching specific areas of interest.
 The combined effort of the authors along with the editorial expertise has made this a consistent text, ensuring that each chapter flows smoothly while keeping the integrity of each core issue.
New to this edition
 Chapter 13: Health professionals: workplace reform and resistance gives health professionals three specific cases studies to demonstrate the power of particular groups to negotiate changes and benefits.
 Chapter 14: Complementary medicine and orthodox medicine explores the roles of both complementary and orthodox medicines and analyses the future relationship between them, so that students can determine the differences and understand the changes in attitude towards medicine.
 Chapter 9: Mental Health and citizenship looks into the current debate on funding, deinstitutionalisation and community care giving the students a chance to analyse the best way to proceed in this complex and growing area.
 Chapter 10: Examining the body features a case study with unique self analysis by a practitioner working in a sexual health clinic which will prompt student debate and be perfect for tutorial discussion.
 The chapter on migrant health has been expanded to look at the issue of refugee health with its specialised health and environmental concerns.
 Significantly increased coverage of current technological trends in health and their likely present and future impact is present in the form of a new chapter looking at drugs and genetics and an additional chapter viewing biomedical surveillance and the working body.
 increased coverage of the influential postmodernist and poststructuralist perspectives as applied to the diversity of clinical settings.
Table of contents
Part 1: Social process: history and theory
1. Theoretical perspectives - Carol Grbich (PhD) Flinders University in South Australia
2. The social origins of illness and the development of the sociology of health - Kevin White (PhD) Australian National University
3. Medical technology: from drugs to genetics - Fran Collyer (PhD) University of Sydney
Part 2: Social patterns: differences in health experiences
4. Aboriginal health - Ian Anderson (Dr) University of Melbourne
5. Migrant and refugee health - Roberta Julian (PhD) University of Tasmania
6. Differences in female and male health - Maria Zadaroznji (RN, RM MSc, PHD) Flinders University
7. Ageing and health - Eileen Clark La Trobe University & Terence McCann  (PHD) Victoria University
8. Class and health - Neil Burdess (PhD Deakin University
9. Mental health and citizenship - Mike Hazelton (PhD) University of Newcastle
Part 3: Social Relationships: professionals and professions
10. Examining the body - Erica McWilliam (PhD) Queensland University of Technology
11. Biomedical surveillance and the working body - Rob Irvine (PhD) University of Newcastle
12. Medical dominance and the division of labour in the health professions - Michael Wearing (PhD) University of New South
13. Health professionals: workplace reform and resistance - Eileen Willis Flinders University
14. Complementary medicine and orthodox medicine - Gary Easthope (PhD) University of Tasmania