The Sociology of Health, Illness, and Health Care: A Critical Approach

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Extremely reader friendly and completely up to date, THE SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH, ILLNESS, AND HEALTH CARE: A CRITICAL APPROACH, 6e delivers a comprehensive, cutting-edge overview and challenges readers to question previously held beliefs about health and illness. Dr. Weitz's thorough discussions of health and medicine emphasize the effects of power and how social forces create illness, affect our ideas about the meaning of illness and disability, structure health care institutions, and impact the work and social position of health care workers. While the text focuses on health within the United States, it also examines global health care issues.

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Rose Weitz received her doctoral degree from Yale University in 1978. Since then, she has carved an exceptional record as both a scholar and a teacher. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles, the book LIFE WITH AIDS (Rutgers, 1991), and the book RAPUNZEL'S DAUGHTERS: WHAT WOMEN'S HAIR TELLS US ABOUT WOMEN'S LIVES (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004). She is also co-author of LABOR PAINS: MODERN MIDWIVES AND HOME BIRTH (Yale University Press, 1988) and co-editor of THE POLITICS OF WOMEN'S BODIES: APPEARANCE, SEXUALITY, AND BEHAVIOR (published by Oxford University Press and now in its fourth edition). Professor Weitz has won two major teaching awards at Arizona State University, as well as the Pacific Sociological Associations' Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award, and has been a finalist for other teaching awards numerous times.

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"Weitz skillfully writes in a way that will reach students of many disciplines and levels. This is perhaps the most comprehensive and well-written text that I have reviewed. I envision the content and presentation to be relevant for students majoring in Sociology, Public Health, Nursing and Health Sciences, as well as helping professions such as Social Work."

"[This book] continues to be a comprehensive review of the health care system, especially the changes that often overwhelm and contribute to the health care crisis in the United States. The updated additions ... help students become informed on relevant issues that impact their future lives and an ever-changing health status of world populations. I would highly recommend this text to anyone searching for an accessible and authoritative text on the sociology of health and illness."

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