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Sociological Perspectives of Health and Illness

Editor(s): Constantinos N. Phellas
Contributors: Constantinos N Phellas, Michael Hoffman, Michael Calman, Martina Loos, Maria Michailidis, Catherine Vassilikou,

Book Description

Medical sociology has evolved from being considered as an unimportant area of enquiry to being regarded as central to the study of private troubles and public issues. At present, much of what is deemed in sociology as exciting is advancing or contributing to the field of health. It is appropriate, therefore, that an edited text is published to specifically examine some of the important themes currently in medical sociology research and writing. This volume documents thinking, frameworks and processes that are actively shaping the medical sociology research of today. It covers a wide range of topics ranging from the morality of death and euthanasia to the conflict that exists between different status health care providers.

Sociological Perspectives of Health and Illness will be of interest to students across a wide range of courses in sociology and the social sciences. Specifically, students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate courses in health studies, and health promotion would benefit by reading this textbook. However, professionals will also be attracted to the book due to the dissemination of current practises in health promotion issues and practices.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2548-1
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2548-4
Date of Publication: 01/12/2010
Pages / Size: 330 / A5
Price: £44.99


Constantinos N. Phellas is a Medical Sociologist with interests in a variety of areas, including Health and Illness, Ageing, End-of-Life Decision Making and Care, Construction of Identities, Sexualities, and HIV/AIDS. His work is methodologically diverse, including statistical and social survey work as well as qualitative work based on text analysis, interaction analysis, and conversion analysis. His publications focus upon the intersection of gender, culture, and issues of sexuality among ethnic minority communities, HIV/AIDS, and social and psychological aspects of public health domain. He is currently Dean of the School of Humanities, Social Science and Law at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus.