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Society, Culture and Health introduces sociology to students studying nursing and related health professions. It examines the sources of ideas about health and illness, including the biomedical model, folk and lay approaches and the influence of the media, and includes coverage of the impact on health of social marginalisation through a careful examination of structural variables. The experiences of health and illness are explained through a theoretical analysis of the body in contemporary society, covering issues such as chronic illness and disability. Thoroughly revised and updated, this edition gives an overview of the role of nursing within the health care system and its relationship with medicine and alternative health practices. Taking a practical approach, and using case studies to examine a range of issues such as domestic violence, occupational health, indigenous health and refugee health, it prepares students for working in health professions which are wide-ranging in settings, systems and clients.
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Karen Willis , Shandell Elmer
Publisher: Oxford University Press Australia
Imprint: OUP Australia and New Zealand
Country of Publication: Australia
Edition: 2nd edition
Dimensions: Width: 19.00cm , Height: 2.20cm , Length: 24.50cm
ISBN 10: 0195574621
Publication Date: 27 June 2011
Audience: College/higher education , Tertiary & Higher Education
Publisher's Status: Active
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Table of Contents1. What is Sociology and Why is it Relevant to Nurses? Part 1: Ideas about Health and Illness2. Biomedical and Sociological Approaches to Health and Illness3. The Media and Health4. Contemporary Debates about Health and Illness Part 2: Social Structure and Health5. Health and Illness Patterns in Australia6. Gender, Sex and Sexuality7. Culture and Health: Ethnic Diversity in Healing Practices and Health Issues8. The Health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples9. Ageing, Health and Inequality Part 3: Experiencing Health and Illness10. The Body, Health and Lifestyle11. The Illness Experience: Chronic Illness Part 4: Working in Health12. Health Care Systems and the Health Workforce13. Power and Responsibility in Health Care Encounters14. Complementary and Alternative Medicine15. Nursing in Contemporary Australia16. Nurses, Sociology and Health
Karen Willis is a senior lecturer in sociology at the School of Sociology and Social Work at the University of Tasmania. She has responsibility for development of curriculum, course coordination, and teaching health sociology to nursing students. Shandell Elmer is a Research Fellow at the University of Tasmania, Department of Rural Health. She is currently undertaking a PhD that aims to explore the relationship between social capital within health service organisations and their attempts at community engagement.
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