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Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness


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Giving Blood: The Institutional Making of Altruism

Giving Blood: The Institutional Making of Altruism

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Johanne Charbonneau, André Smith
September 08, 2019

Giving Blood represents a new agenda for blood donation research. It explores the diverse historical and contemporary undercurrents that influence how blood donation takes place, and the social meanings that people attribute to the act of giving blood. Drawing from empirical studies conducted in...

Ageing, the Body and the Gender Regime: Health, Illness and Disease Across the Life Course

Ageing, the Body and the Gender Regime: Health, Illness and Disease Across the Life Course

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Susan Pickard, Jude Robinson
August 05, 2019

The current (postfeminist) gender order comprises a highly complex coexistence of old and new norms and expectations, freedom and constraints, within a neoliberal social order underpinned by individualism and involving a shift in gender performance by men and women. Health, illness and disease at...

Socio-economics of Personalized Medicine in Asia

Socio-economics of Personalized Medicine in Asia

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Shirley Sun
July 22, 2019

The second decade of the twenty-first century has witnessed a surging interest in personalized medicine with the concomitant promise to enable more precise diagnosis and treatment of disease and illness, based upon an individual’s unique genetic makeup. In this book, my goal is to contribute to a...

Complaints, Controversies and Grievances in Medicine: Historical and Social Science Perspectives

Complaints, Controversies and Grievances in Medicine: Historical and Social Science Perspectives

1st Edition

Jonathan Reinarz, Rebecca Wynter
June 10, 2019

Recent studies into the experiences and failures of health care services, along with the rapid development of patient advocacy, consumerism and pressure groups have led historians and social scientists to engage with the issue of the medical complaint. As expressions of dissatisfaction, disquiet...

The Public Shaping of Medical Research: Patient Associations, Health Movements and Biomedicine

The Public Shaping of Medical Research: Patient Associations, Health Movements and Biomedicine

1st Edition

Peter Wehling, Willy Viehöver, Sophia Koenen
June 06, 2019

Patient organizations and social health movements offer one of the most important and illuminating examples of civil society engagement and participation in scientific research and research politics. Influencing the research agenda, and initiating, funding and accelerating the development of...

Health, Food and Social Inequality: Critical Perspectives on the Supply and Marketing of Food

Health, Food and Social Inequality: Critical Perspectives on the Supply and Marketing of Food

1st Edition

Carolyn Mahoney
June 06, 2019

Health, Food and Social Inequality investigates how vast amounts of consumer data are used by the food industry to enable the social ranking of products, food outlets and consumers themselves, and how this influences food consumption patterns. This book supplies a fresh social scientific...

Bodily Exchanges, Bioethics and Border Crossing: Perspectives on Giving, Selling and Sharing Bodies

Bodily Exchanges, Bioethics and Border Crossing: Perspectives on Giving, Selling and Sharing Bodies

1st Edition

Erik Malmqvist, Kristin Zeiler
June 06, 2019

Medical therapy, research and technology enable us to make our bodies, or parts of them, available to others in an increasing number of ways. This is the case in organ, tissue, egg and sperm donation as well as in surrogate motherhood and clinical research. Bringing together leading scholars...

Disclosure in Health and Illness

Disclosure in Health and Illness

1st Edition

Mark Davis, Lenore Manderson
June 06, 2019

Disclosure is a frequently used but rarely interrogated concept in health and social welfare. Abuse, disability, sexuality and health status can be ‘disclosed’ to peers and professionals, and on some occasions, disclosure is a requirement and not a choice. This innovative collection examines the...

Banking on Milk: An Ethnography of Donor Human Milk Relations

Banking on Milk: An Ethnography of Donor Human Milk Relations

1st Edition

Tanya Cassidy, Fiona Dykes
May 31, 2019

Banking on Milk takes the reader on a journey through the everyday life of donor human milk banking across the United Kingdom (UK) and beyond, asking questions such as the following: Why do people decide to donate? How do parents of recipients hear about human milk? How does milk donation impact on...

Recovery, Mental Health and Inequality: Chinese Ethnic Minorities as Mental Health Service Users

Recovery, Mental Health and Inequality: Chinese Ethnic Minorities as Mental Health Service Users

1st Edition

Lynn Tang
May 07, 2019

Mental health has long been perceived as a taboo subject in the UK, so much so that mental health services have been marginalised within health and social care. There is even more serious neglect of the specific issues faced by different ethnic minorities. This book uses the rich narratives of the...

The Dying Body as a Lived Experience

The Dying Body as a Lived Experience

1st Edition

Alan Blum
May 07, 2019

The anxiety over death persists in everyday life- though often denied or repressed- lingering as an unconscious worry or intuition that typically seems to compromise one’s feelings of well-being and experience in a range of areas; coming out often as malaise, depression, and anger in much conduct....

Down's Syndrome Screening and Reproductive Politics: Care, Choice, and Disability in the Prenatal Clinic

Down's Syndrome Screening and Reproductive Politics: Care, Choice, and Disability in the Prenatal Clinic

1st Edition

Gareth M. Thomas
May 07, 2019

Nominated for the Foundation of Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize 2018 In the UK and beyond, Down’s syndrome screening has become a universal programme in prenatal care. But why does screening persist, particularly in light of research that highlights pregnant women’s ambivalent and...

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