About the Book
In 15 chapters and approximately 500 pages, Health, Illness, and Medicine in Canada presents a well-written and student-friendly overview of the main issues surrounding the sociology of health and illness and the sociology of medicine in Canada.
The first section of the book opens with a discussion of the basic sociological perspectives about health, illness, and medicine. Chapter one addresses all of the major sociological approaches: structural functionalism, symbolic interactionism, feminist theory, and conflict theory.
The second section of the book addresses critical issues in the sociology of health and illness: disease and death in Canada; environmental and occupational health and illness; social inequity, disease, and death (including age and gender factors as well as class, race, and ethnicity factors); the experience of being ill, including an inside view of how illness is experienced and a unique case study on women and cancer.
The third section of the book is devoted to the sociology of medicine. Chapters here investigate the social construction of scientific and medical knowledge and medical practice; medicalization: the medical-moral mix; medical practitioners, medicare, and the state; the medical profession; a critical assessment of the medical care system in Canada; nurses and midwives in a changing health-care system; complementary and alternative medicine; and the medical-industrial complex.
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