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Building on our reputation for publishing high quality student textbooks, and cutting-edge work by leading authors, we are pleased to present our list of titles in health and social care. These are suitable for use by students of nursing, midwifery, medicine and all the allied health professions.
Following in the Polity tradition, the books not only present a critical approach, but also provide exceptionally engaging introductions to the core themes in each area.
Denny, Earle and Hewison: Sociology for Nurses 3rd Edition
Sociology for Nurses has become a leading textbook and an invaluable companion for students wishing to get to grips with how sociology can positively transform professional nursing practice. This thoroughly revised new edition will continue to spark interest among student nurses, particularly those approaching sociology for the first time.
Deery, Denny and Letherby: Sociology for Midwives
"The editors and authors of this fine volume have produced a wonderful introduction to the value of a sociological imagination in the practice of midwifery."
Barbara Katz Rothman, City University of New York
Warwick-Booth et al : Contemporary Health Studies
Contemporary Health Studies: An Introduction provides a lively and accessible introduction to the current issues and key debates in this area. It contains a strong, up-to-date, global, social-scientific focus examining the human experience of health particularly emphasizing its social, political and environmental dimensions.
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Nettleton: Sociology of Health and Illness 3rd Edition
Sarah Nettleton's book has become a cornerstone text, popular with students and academics alike for its rigorous and accessible overview of the field. Thoroughly revised and fully updated, the third edition will prove invaluable to anyone looking for a clear, engaging introduction to contemporary debates within the sociology of health and illness.
Fatchett: Social Policy for Nurses
"As nursing and the NHS go through turbulent times, this book gives us the social policy context to remind us where we have come from, and assess what the future might hold."
James Buchan, Queen Mary University
Holland: Public Health Ethics 2nd edition
"Stephen Holland brings the rigor of analytic ethical analysis to bear on public health and makes an important contribution to clear thinking in this vital area. His discussion is conceptually rich and factually well-informed. His careful and lucid views on practical policy questions in public health also make this book essential reading."
Bruce Jennings, Yale University
Hubley & Copeman: Practical Health Promotion 2nd edition
"Packed with examples, activities, definitions and explanations of terms, this second edition is a clear and helpful guide for those seeking to understand and engage in health promotion practice. Its approach is straightforward and level-headed, never losing sight of the fact that while often a complex and difficult enterprise, health promotion at its heart is about understanding and improving the lives of individuals, communities and populations."
Peter Duncan, King's College London
Alaszewski & Brown : Making Health Policy
"This introductory text offers a novel approach to health policy making, challenging the conception of policy as a rational process. Written in an accessible style it is essential reading for undergraduate students of health policy."
Jonathan Gabe, Royal Holloway, University of London
"Chris Phillipson is one of our most prominent authorities on ageing. In this book he provides a comprehensive and insightful overview of the key debates in the field, addressing both how we should understand the phenomenon of ageing, and also its consequences for an increasingly globalized world."
Julia Twigg, University of Kent
Blaxter: Health 2nd Edition
The second edition of Mildred Blaxter's highly respected book offers a comprehensive and engaging introduction to the key debates surrounding the concept of health today. It will be is an invaluable textbook for students of medicine and other health professions as well as those studying sociology, health sciences and health promotion.
Busfield: Mental Illness
"The relabelling of human distress and eccentricity as mental disorder is one of the great social changes of our time. Joan Busfield provides a breathtakingly lucid and remarkably comprehensive analysis of the vast cross-disciplinary terrain of argument about mental disorder and the meaning of the enormous expansion in disorder diagnoses over the past half-century. Busfield brings not only her sociologist's accomplished eye but also her trained clinician's understanding and a deft wielding of conceptual distinctions to the multifaceted debates over the meaning and social impact of mental disorder."
Jerome C. Wakefield, Professor of Social Work and Psychiatry, New York University
Barnes and Mercer: Disability
"This book is essential reading for all disability studies scholars. It is historically well-grounded and theoretically rigorous, carefully exploring theories of disability, impairment and the body. The nature of the social oppression experienced by disabled people is analysed, and disability is located in relation to gender, 'race' and social class. Like all good sociology, the book is highly accessible and an excellent read."
Sheila Riddell, University of Glasgow
Hargreaves and Page: Reflective Practice
"This 'how-to-do-it' guide for hands-on people gives very clear descriptions and easy ideas to try out. The Reflective Timeline approach allows natural thinking yet prompts analytical, meaningful thoughts which would be easy to share with others. I will definitely recommend this book to my students."
Jane Dalley-Hewer, University of Coventry
Cribb and Gewirtz: Professionalism
This inviting and reflective study draws upon examples and case studies and weaves in a range of relevant theoretical concepts and perspectives. Professionalism is the only book of its kind for practitioners, researchers and students in health and social care.
Fox : The Body
The medical and social sciences offer us many ways of understanding the human body and what it can do. From biology and psychology to sociology and philosophy, a range of disciplines supply us with a rich yet challenging picture. On the one hand, our bodies are fashioned from genes, cells and organs; on the other, they are the foundation for our identities, our interactions and lived experiences from childhood to old age.
Venkatapurum: Health Justice
"Health Justice is a hugely important contribution to practical reason and to public policy. It presents an illuminating investigation of why the capability to be healthy is central to social justice, and identifies what can be done here and now to pursue that much neglected philosophical perspective."
Amartya Sen, Harvard University
"Lorraine Green has produced an impressive and stimulating text. She rigorously shakes some of the lazy orthodoxies which can settle into our understandings of the human life course, yet the work remains accessible and relevant to both professionals and researchers who seek to understand this important domain."
Sue White, Professor of Social Work, Lancaster University
Cockerham: Social Causes of Health & Disease
"In this revised edition William Cockerham develops a strong and challenging case for the role of social factors in health and disease. Drawing on the latest and most important research, Social Causes of Health and Disease will stimulate debate and discussion in equal measure – essential reading for students and researchers alike."
Michael Bury, Royal Holloway, University of London
Bendelow: Health, Emotion and the Body
Health, Emotion and the Body combines clarity of expression with careful scholarship and originality, making it appeal to students and scholars with a wide range of interests, including the sociology of health and illness, the body, and mental illness, as well as health psychology.
G. Cockerham and W. Cockerham: Health and Globalization
This accessible book examines the multidimensional influence of globalization on human health and disease. Globalization has had numerous far-reaching impacts on health-related issues, both social and political, and as this book shows, continues to present both positive and negative implications for the state of human health.
Howson: The Body in Society 2nd edition
"Howson offers a timely, up-to-date, and accessible introduction to a wide range of key issues in the field. The Body in Society will be an essential text for students exploring the body's role in social relations."
Victoria Pitts-Taylor, City University of New York
"Phillips's book takes a fresh look at the much debated and researched concept of care. The author not only reviews current thinking on the subject and what has shaped that thinking but also provides some interesting new perspectives, illustrated through a range of real life situations and case studies. This is a very useful guide to a complex and much discussed topic. It will be an important resource for students and teachers who are looking for new ways forward on the subject of care."
Julia Johnson, Open University