Description - Health by Mildred Blaxter
The second edition of Mildred Blaxter's successful and highly
respected book offers a comprehensive and engaging introduction to
the key debates surrounding the concept of health today. It
discusses how health is defined, constructed, experienced and acted
out in contemporary developed societies, drawing on a range of
empirical data from the USA, Britain, France, and many other
The new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated, with
new material added on health and identity, the "new genetics", the
sociology of the body, and the formation of health capital
throughout the life course. The topic is the concept of health,
rather than the more usual emphasis on illness and health-care
systems. Special emphasis is given to the lay perspective to show
how people themselves think about and experience health. Blaxter
guides students through all the relevant conceptual models of the
relationship of health to the structure of society, from inequality
in health to the ideas of the risk society, the
?socio-biological translation? and the contribution of
health to social capital. The book concludes with a comprehensively
revised and thought-provoking discussion of the impact of new
technology, the boundaries between life and death, modern
commodification of health, technological transformations of the
body and theories of evolutionary biology.
Health is an invaluable textbook for students of medicine
and other health professions as well as those studying sociology,
health sciences and health promotion.
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Format: Paperback / softback
(215mm x 139mm x 14mm)
Publisher: Polity Press
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Author Biography - Mildred Blaxter
Mildred Blaxter is Hon. Professor of Medical Sociology at the Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol.
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