Understanding Health, Health Care, and Health Policy In Canada: Sociological Perspectives

Paperback | July 9, 2008

byNeena L. Chappell, Margaret J. Penning

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aUnderstanding Health, Health Care, and Health Policy in Canada is a brief introduction to the sociology of health and health care. This accessible text emphasizes health (promotion, maintenance, and prevention) as well as illness (treatment, cure, and care), offering a broad and balanced treatmentof the sociological debates within the field. The first half of the text introduces three important themes in the study of the sociology of health: (1) the importance of approaching health issues from a lifespan perspective; (2) the need to attend to both the public and the private, the micro andthe macro, and the individual and the structural; and (3) issues of inequality as they intersect with health, health care, and health policy. The second half of the text focuses on Self, Formal, and Informal Care, along with Canada's health care policy. Discussion on topical issues such as obesity,smoking, homelessness, AIDS, stress, and mental illness can be found throughout the book, ensuring that the subject matter is relevant to students' experiences of health and health care in Canada.

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Series: a href="http://www.oupcanada.com/tcs/"Themes in Canadian Sociology/aUnderstanding Health, Health Care, and Health Policy in Canada is a brief introduction to the sociology of health and health care. This accessible text emphasizes health (promotion, maintenance, and prevention) as well as illness (treatment, cure, and care), of...

Neena L. Chappell, PhD, FRSC, Canada Research Chair in Social Gerontology, Professor of Sociology and Centre on Aging, University of Victoria. She was founding Director of the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba (1982-1992) and first Director of the Centre on Aging at the University of Victoria (1992-2002), developing both i...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:July 9, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface and Acknowledgements1. Health and Health Care: Sociological History and PerspectivesA Sociological PerspectiveA Brief History of SociologicalThinking about Health and Health CareTheoretical Approaches to Health and Health CareSocial Inequalities in Health and Health CareConclusion2. Health and IllnessDefinitions of Health and IllnessSociology and Social Construction of Health and IllnessSocial Factors in Health and IllnessExperiencing Health and Illness: Opportunities for AgencyHealth and Illness over the Life CouseConclusion3. Self and Informal CareIntroductionSelf Care When HealthySelf Care When IllCaregivingConclusions4. Formal CareIntroductionHealth ProfessionsHealth Care SettingsExperiencing Formal CareConclusions5. Health Care PolicyHealth Care as Social PolicySome Background on Canada's Health Care SystemHealth Care ReformA Lack of ProgressGlobalization and CapitalismOther Vested Interests - The Pharmaceutical IndustryConsequences for IndividualsAllowing for AgencyConclusionsConclusions: The Sociology of Health and Care in the FutureTo SummarizeRevisiting Health and IllnessChanging Self CareRelying on OthersHealth-Care Services in the FutureHealth-Care Policy - Is There an Alternative?Sociological AdvancesSuggestions WebsitesReferencesIndex