This thoroughly revised and updated new edition maintains its commitment to providing jargon-free explanations of sociological theories and evidence to show how studying sociology can be useful in all branches of professional nursing practice. Clearly written, and carefully illustrated, the new edition includes a whole new chapter on global health, as well as recent developments in health policy and a dedicated website with extra resources for students.
In addition, the book provides:
Both editors have a wealth of experience teaching sociology to nurses at diploma and degree pre-registration and post-registration levels. Their book will continue to spark interest and debate among all student nurses, particularly those approaching sociology for the first time.
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"This clearly written introduction to sociology demonstrates the relevance of the subject to nursing. After considering social divisions in relation to health and health care, the book then explores where and how health care takes place and, finally, gives an overview of health and related government policy."
Paul Godin, City University, London
1. What is sociology? (Keith Sharp).
2. Why should nurses study sociology? (Barbara Green and Sarah Earle).
3. What is health? (Sarah Earle).
4. Nursing as an occupation (Elaine Denny).
SECTION II: Inequalities and diversities in health and healthcare.
5. Gender (Gayle Letherby).
6. Age and ageing (Pat Chambers).
7. Chronic illness and disability (Nick Watson and Elaine Denny).
8. Social Class (Terry O'Donnell).
9. Race and ethnicity (Lorraine Culley and Simon Dyson).
10. Global health (Sarah Earle).
SECTION III: Where Does Care Take Place?
11. The family, health and caring (Corrine Wilson and Geraldine Brown).
12. Primary care and the community (Mike Filby).
13. Hospitals and institutions (Philip Shelton and Elaine Denny).
SECTION IV: Policy Influences on Health and Healthcare.
14. Health Policy (David Cox).
15. The management and organization of healthcare (Alistair Hewison).
16. Health, housing and the environment (Douglas McCarrick).
Sarah Earle is Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Care at the Open University.