In this stimulating book, William C. Cockerham, a leadingmedical sociologist, assesses the evidence that social factors(such as stress, poverty, unhealthy lifestyles, and unpleasantliving and work conditions) have direct causal effects on healthand many diseases.

Noting a new emphasis upon social structure in both theory andmulti-level research techniques, the author argues that a paradigmshift has been emerging in 21st-century medical sociology, whichlooks beyond individual explanations for health and disease. Thefield has headed toward a fundamentally different orientation, andCockerham's work has been at the forefront of these changes.The second edition of his compelling account has been thoroughlyrevised and updated with further contemporary developments, andalso includes an expanded discussion of the relationship betweenrace and health as well as new material on health care reform andsocial policy.

This engaging text will be indispensable reading for all studentsand scholars of medical sociology, especially those with thecourage to confront the possibility that society really does makepeople sick.
  • ISBN13: 9780745661193
  • Publisher: Polity Press
  • Pubilcation Year: 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 00256
Publication DateFebruary 4, 2013
Primary CategorySocial Science/Sociology - General

Social Causes of Health and Disease

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