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Social Causes of Health and Disease


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Preface 1 The Social Causation of Health and Disease 2 Theorizing about Health and Disease 3 Health Lifestyles 4 The Power of Class 5 Class and Health: Explaining the Relationship 6 Age, Gender, and Race/Ethnicity as Structural Variables 7 Living Conditions and Neighborhood Disadvantage 8 Health and Social Capital Concluding Remarks References Index

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William C. Cockerham is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.


William Cockerham has written a thorough andcomprehensive book elucidating the wide range of social causationof disease. Rather than taking a biomedical disease-by-diseaseapproach, Cockerham emphasizes how particular sociological factorsproduce disease and illness. Established health researchersand neophytes alike will find great value in thisvolume. Peter Conrad, Brandeis University Organized around a remarkably broad and cogenttheoretical framework, this book is an outstanding resource formedical sociologists in their research and teaching. The empiricaland theoretical insights also are deeply relevant for public healthprofessionals and policymakers as they struggle to identify ways toimprove the health of communities around the world. Eric Wright, Indiana University-Purdue UniversityIndianapolis Professor Cockerham provides a lively and compellingvindication of the sociological enterprise with respect tounderstanding the social aetiology of modern health problems.Showing how race, class, and gender matter, this publication is amajor contribution to both sociological analysis and policyformation. Bryan S. Turner, The Graduate Center CUNY In this revised edition William Cockerham develops astrong and challenging case for the role of social factors inhealth and disease. Drawing on the latest and most importantresearch, Social Causes of Health and Disease will stimulatedebate and discussion in equal measure essential readingfor students and researchers alike. Michael Bury, Royal Holloway, University of London This second edition of William Cockerham's acclaimed bookupdates his argument about the social causes of disease, drawing onthe latest research from both the US and UK. His argument about thedirect causal effects of social factors on health and disease iscompelling and will be of considerable interest to students andresearchers of both sides of the Atlantic. Jonathan Gabe, Royal Holloway, University of London

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