A comprehensive collection of original essays by leading medical sociologists from around the world, fully updated to reflect contemporary research and global health issues
The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Medical Sociology is an authoritative overview of the most recent research, major theoretical approaches, and central issues and debates within the field. Bringing together contributions from an international team of leading scholars, this wide-ranging volume summarizes significant new developments and discusses a broad range of globally-relevant topics. The Companion's twenty-eight chapters contain timely, theoretically-informed coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and emerging diseases, bioethics, healthcare delivery systems, health disparities associated with migration, social class, gender, and race. It also explores mental health, the family, religion, and many other real-world health concerns. The most up-to-date and comprehensive single-volume reference on the key concepts and contemporary issues in medical sociology, this book: The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Medical Sociology
is an authoritative overview of the most recent research, major theoretical approaches, and central issues and debates within the field. Bringing together contributions from an international team of leading scholars, this wide-ranging volume summarizes significant new developments and discusses a broad range of globally-relevant topics. The Companio
n's twenty-eight chapters contain timely, theoretically-informed coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and emerging diseases, bioethics, healthcare delivery systems, health disparities associated with migration, social class, gender, and race. It also explores mental health, the family, religion, and many other real-world health concerns. The most up-to-date and comprehensive single-volume reference on the key concepts and contemporary issues in medical sociology, this book:
- Presents thematically-organized essays by authors who are recognized experts in their fields
- Features new chapters reflecting state-of-the-art research and contemporary issues relevant to global health
- Covers vital topics such as current bioethical debates and the global effort to cope with the coronavirus pandemic
- Discusses the important relationship between culture and health
List of Contributors
Ronald J. Angel is Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1981. His research focuses on comparative welfare systems, retirement, and health care access and use among Hispanics and other minority populations. His work, which has been published in numerous books and journal articles, demonstrates the complex interaction of socioeconomic status, cultural and other social factors in determining individuals' and communities' opportunities for social advancement and exposure to health risks. Angel is currently working on a project focused on the role of the non-governmental sector in advocacy for and care delivery to older individuals in Mexico. The work appears in a book entitled When Strangers Become Family: The Role of Civil Society in Addressing the Needs of Aging Populations (Routledge 2020). This is part of a larger project on the role of civil society organizations in rapidly aging nations.
Jacqueline L. Angel is Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology and a Faculty Affiliate at the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research examines health and retirement issues in the US, with a focus on older minorities, immigration processes, the impact of social policy on the Hispanic population and Mexican-American families. She is involved in several NIH/NIA projects, including a longitudinal study of older Mexican Americans (H-EPESE) since its inception in 1992 and for the past two decades a Conference Series on Aging in the Americas. Angel is author/coauthor/co-editor of numerous publications. This includes books such as The Politics of a Majority-Minority Nation: Aging, Diversity and Immigration (2019) and Latinos in an Aging World (2015). Major papers include "Institutional Context of Family Eldercare in Mexico and the United States" (2016) and "Medicaid Use among Older Low-Income Medicare Enrollees in California and Texas: A Tale of Two States" (2019).
Ellen Annandale is Professor of Sociology at the University of York, UK, where she was Head of Department between 2013 and 2017. She was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Social Science & Medicine between 2004 and 2012, a past Vice-President of the European Sociological Association (ESA) and is coordinator of ESA's Research Network 16 (Sociology of Health and Illness). She is Chair of the Trustees of the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness. Ellen has a long-standing interest in gender and health, particularly as it concerns feminist and gender theory, health inequalities, and the sociology of reproduction and childbirth. She is the author and editor of several books in this field, including Women's Health and Social Change (Routledge 2009) and, with Ellen Kuhlmann, The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Healthcare (Palgrave 2012). She is currently working with colleagues on the research project Interactional Practices of Decision-making During Childbirth in Maternity Units funded by the UK's National Institute of Health Research.
Elyas Bakhtiari is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the College of William & Mary. His research examines how institutionalized social inequalities and boundary formation processes shape patterns of health outcomes and health disparities, particularly for racial and ethnic minorities and international migrants. His work relies on historical and cross-national comparison to understand the formation of health disparities, with current projects focusing on European migration to the US in the early twentieth century and Middle Eastern migrant health after September 11, 2001. His work has been published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science & Medicine, American Behavioral Scientist, Socius, and other outlets.
Ron Barrett is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Macalester College. His research focuses on the social determinants of infectious diseases and the anthropology of death and dying. His first book, Aghor Medicine (University of California Press), is an ethnography of religious healing and the stigma of leprosy in northern India. It was awarded the Wellcome Medal by the Royal Anthropological Institute. He also co-authored An Unnatural History of Emerging Infections (Oxford University Press) with George Armelagos, which explores the human determinants of disease in three transition periods occurring in the Neolithic, the Industrial Revolution, and today. Professor Barrett is also a former registered nurse with clinical experience in neurointensive care, brain injury rehabilitation, and hospice.
Shawn Bauldry is Associate Professor of Sociology at Purdue University. His interests in medical sociology include the interrelationship between education and health over the life course and across generations, the evolution of health lifestyles over the life course, and disparities in mental health and mental health care utilization. In addition, he works in the area of applied statistics with a focus on structural equation modeling and models for categorical data. His work has appeared in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Social Science & Medicine, Sociological Methodology, and Sociological Methods & Research among others.
Jaunathan Bilodeau is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Sociology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His work focuses on the relationship between work-family conflict and mental health, as well as the structural determinants of health inequalities such as gender and social policies. He recently published in Stress & Health, Social Science & Medicine and Annals of Work Exposure and Health.
Carol A. Boyer is former Associate Director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research and graduate faculty in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. She has devoted her career to health services research and policy and interdisciplinary studies informed by clinical experience in acute-care and emergency settings. With over 30 years' experience in mental health services research focusing on populations with severe mental illnesses and their medical co-morbidities, her studies addressed access, utilization, stigma, quality of life and the content and outcomes of treatment and services provided to individuals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, psychosocial interventions and strategies to enhance adherence with antipsychotic medications and linking individuals successfully to home and community services. Her research informed developing and implementing training programs including both didactic and experiential learning components.
Hannah Bradby is Professor at the Sociology Department, Uppsala University, Sweden since 2013, having previously held a senior lectureship at the University of Warwick, UK. Her research interrogates the links between identity, structure and health with particular reference to racism, ethnicity and religion. She is Field Chief Editor for Frontiers in Sociology and blogs regularly at Cost of Living.
Cindy L. Cain is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her interests in medical sociology include changes within the healthcare system, the experiences of healthcare workers, and care for vulnerable older adults. In addition, she specializes in qualitative and mixed methods approaches and is especially interested in how we can better integrate different methods. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Sociology of Health & Illness, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, The Gerontologist, and other journals.
Yvonne Chen is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. Her major research interests center on race and ethnicity, mental health, social stratification, and social networks. Her work has appeared in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.
Kirsten Ostergren Clark is a PhD candidate in medical sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her research interests are developmental disabilities, masculinity and fatherhood, and religion and health. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina and spent several years supervising group homes for individuals with developmental disabilities and working as a renal social worker in dialysis clinics. Her dissertation is a qualitative project involving fatherhood and developmental disabilities.
Adele E. Clarke is Professor Emerita of Sociology and History of Health Sciences at the University of California at San Francisco. Her books include Disciplining Reproduction: Modernity, American Life Sciences, and "Problems of Sex" (1998, Fleck Award, Society for Social Studies of Science; and Basker Award, Society for Medical Anthropology), Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory after the Postmodern Turn (2005, Cooley Award, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction), co-edited The Right Tools for the Job in Twentieth Century Life Sciences (1992), Women's Health: Differences and Complexities (1997), Revisioning Women, Health, and Healing (1999), Biomedicalization: Technoscience, Health, and Illness in the US (2010), Situational Analysis in Practice (2015), and co-authored Situational Analysis: Grounded Theory After the Interpretive Turn (2018). She...