Health, Illness, and the Social Body: A Critical Sociology
Download Chapter 1. A Sociological Perspective on Health, Illness, and the Body (1.3 MB)
Download Chapter 2. Who Becomes Sick, Injured, or Dies? (17.9 MB)
Download Chapter 3. The Material Foundations of Health and Illness (2.8 MB)
Download Chapter 4. Mind, Body, and Society (64.4 MB)
Download Chapter 5. Social Organization, Health, and Illness (1.5 MB)
Download Chapter 6. The Social Meanings of Sickness (1.3 MB)
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This text presents a critical, holistic interpretation of health, illness, and human bodies that emphasizes power as a key social-structural factor in health and in societal responses to illness.
Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Social medicine, medical sociology
Medicine and Health | Sociology
Table of Contents
A sociological perspective on health, illness, and the body -- Who becomes sick, injured, or dies? -- The material foundations of health and illness -- Mind, body, and society -- Social organization, health, and illness -- The social meaning of sickness -- Experiencing chronic illness, pain, and disability -- Seeking health and help -- The social construction of medical knowledge -- Modern biomedicine: knowledge and practice -- Stratification and power in health care systems -- Economic interests and power in health care.
Original Publication Information
Freund, P. E. S., McGuire, M. B., & Podhurst, L. S. (2003). Health, illness, and the social body: A critical sociology. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall.