ISBN 9780070706668,Health And Social Change : A Critical Theory

Health And Social Change : A Critical Theory



Tata Mcgraw Hill Education Private Limited

Publication Year 2010

ISBN 9780070706668

ISBN-10 0070706662


Number of Pages 244 Pages
Language (English)

Health & social care

How have health, illness and medicine been affected by social change? What are the implications of disorganized capitalism, neo-liberalism and the 'Third Way' for health and healing? How important are class, gender and ethnic relations for health care reforms and the distribution of health? Health and Social Change offers a clear and incisive examination of the social changes that have affected capitalist societies, and their ramifications for health and for systems of healing. It reviews the major paradigms of medical sociology and considers theories of the 'postmodern turn'. The author draws on critical realism and critical theory to demonstrate the significance of the shift from organized to disorganized capitalism for health care reform, in particular in Britain and the USA; for the present widening of health inequalities; and for people's use of popular, folk and professional forms of healing. He goes on to examine the role of a critical sociology and its necessary relationship to civil society and deliberative democracy. The result is an engaging and thought-provoking text for students, researchers and professionals interested in health and social change. " TABLE OF CONTENTS Series editor's foreword Acknowledgements Introduction Section One: Health, Medicine and Society Paradigms and presuppositions Postmodern options pros, cons and rationality Theorizing social change Section Two: Structural Divisions In Health and Health Care Health care reform The new inequality and health Lifeworld narratives and expert cultures Section Three: The Need For a Critical Sociology From critical theory to critical sociology References Index