Now in its second edition, Pursuing Health and Wellness looks beyond health as a mere absence of disease and explores the structural and behavioural factors that affect it. Viewing health as a social construct, authors Alexander Segall and Christopher J. Fries look at how inequalities insocial class, gender, and ethnicity produce broad disparities in population health before narrowing their focus to analyze the personal determinants of health and wellness. They conclude with a look at the parts that make up our health-care system, examining how complementary and alternative caremay be incorporated while inviting the reader to consider the personal, professional, and public responsibilities that must be met to achieve healthy futures for Canadians. The text advocates for the creation of healthy societies in which people can engage in the active pursuit of healthy living andis essential reading for all students studying the sociology of health. This second edition features the latest research and data, a more fully integrated intersectional life course perspective throughout, and new and expanded coverage of issues such as Aboriginal health, racism in health care, gender-based analysis in health research, and health literacy.