Pursuing Health and Wellness: Healthy Societies, Healthy People

Paperback | April 8, 2011

byAlexander Segall, Christopher Fries

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This innovative new book unravels many of the prevailing mysteries surrounding the pursuit of health and wellness today. Focusing explicitly on health rather than illness, it analyzes the way in which health and the conditions necessary for wellness are unequally distributed within society andargues that healthy societies foster healthy people. Organized into three parts, the text examines the sociological foundations of the discipline and health as a social construct before looking at the social determinants of health; the structural and behavioural factors that influence it; and theinformal and formal components of the health-care system. Students will learn about the guidelines for measuring health, while considering personal, professional, and public responsibilities in the quest for good health. Engaging and comprehensive, Pursuing Health and Wellness advocates thecreation of healthy societies in which people can engage in the active pursuit of healthy living and is essential reading for all students studying the sociology of health.

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This innovative new book unravels many of the prevailing mysteries surrounding the pursuit of health and wellness today. Focusing explicitly on health rather than illness, it analyzes the way in which health and the conditions necessary for wellness are unequally distributed within society andargues that healthy societies foster health...

Alexander Segall is a Health Sociologist whose academic career is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of the social dimensions of health and illness. This is reflected by both his early research on the sick role, self-health management, and the organization and delivery of community based health and social services, and his more rec...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.81 inPublished:April 8, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195430670

ISBN - 13:9780195430677

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgementsPart 1 Understanding Health and Wellness Sociologically1. Introducing Health Sociology2. Applying the Sociological Imagination to Health, Illness, and the Body3. Measuring the Dimensions of HealthPart 2 Exploring the Factors that Shape Health and Wellness4. Making People Healthy: General Determinants of Health and Wellness5. Addressing Sources of Inequality and Health Disparities: Social Class6. Addressing Sources of Inequality and Health Disparities: Gender7. Addressing Sources of Inequality and Health Disparities: Ethnicity and the Life Course8. Unravelling the Mystery of Health: An Intersectional ModelPart 3 Pursuing Health and Wellness9. Discovering the Hidden Depths of Health Care: Lay Beliefs, Social Support, and Informal Care10. Medicalizing Beings and Bodies: The Link between Population Health and Biomedical Care11. Moving Beyond Biomedicine: Medical Pluralism12. Achieving Healthy FuturesGlossaryReferencesIndex

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"The first section of the book (theoretical approaches and measurements of health and illness) provides a very thorough overview of the field of health sociology. I also like how the theoretical approaches in the first section are re-introduced in later sections as they are applied tounderstand specific issues in health... The authors do a good job of differentiating between personal and structural explanations of health and illness." --Lisa Strohschein, University of Alberta