In Sickness and in Health

Sociological Perspectives on Healthcare (First Edition)
Edited by John Malek-Ahmadi and Jessica Gullion
Paperback, 294 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63487-242-3 ©2016
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    The anthology In Sickness and in Health: Sociological Perspectives on Healthcare introduces students to a range of topics and perspectives in medical sociology. The readings in the book explore the many different approaches medical sociologists take to critically evaluate health and illness as societal, rather than purely individual, concerns.

    The selected articles highlight the diversity of intellectual discourse in the field and elicit critical thinking, applications of theory, and lively discussion. The first chapter addresses the discipline of medical sociology and explores its history, as well as the theoretical roots of examining healthcare from a sociological perspective. Over the course of the subsequent nine chapters, students learn about topics such as the social construction of health, social indicators of health and illness, and trends in health-seeking behaviors. Other topics include mental health, lay versus expert knowledge, health and the environment, healthcare reform, global health issues, and bioethics.

    Accessible to undergraduates, but rigorous enough for graduate level classes, In Sickness and in Health: Sociological Perspectives on Healthcare is well suited to courses in the social and institutional aspects of healthcare.

    John Malek-Ahmadi is an associate professor of sociology at the Tarrant County College. Professor Malek-Ahmadi teaches courses in the sociology of health and illness and the sociology of mental disorder. He is currently working on his Ph.D. dissertation which addresses the relationship between commuting behavior and mental health outcomes.
    Jessica Gullion, Ph.D. is currently an assistant professor of sociology at Texas Woman's University, where she teaches medical sociology and qualitative methodology. Dr. Gullion has more than twenty peer-reviewed publications, in journals such as the Journal of Applied Social Science, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, and the Archives of Internal Medicine. She is author of the book, October Birds: A Novel about Pandemic Influenza, Infection Control, and First Responders (Sense, 2014) and served as co-editor of Voices in Sociology: An Introduction to the Core Concepts (Cognella, 2011).
    Other Cognella titles by Jessica Gullion: