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This is the first international and inter-disciplinary social science Handbook on health and medicine. Five years in the making, and building on the insights and advice of an international editorial board, the book brings together world-class figures to provide an indispensable, comprehensive resource book on social science, health and medicine. Pinpointing the focal issues of research and debate in one volume, the material is organized into three sections: social and cultural frameworks of analysis; the experience of health and illness; and health care systems and practices. Each section consists of specially commissioned chapters designed to examine the vital conceptual and methodological practice and policy issues.

Ethnography and Network Analysis: The Study of Social Context in Cultures and Societies1
Ethnography and network analysis: The study of social context in cultures and societies

People consistently reflect their primary values and beliefs through the people they associate with and the people they avoid or are in conflict with. The immediate social world is made up of family and friends, work partners, and acquaintances. It then extends outward in a web of relationships through the organizations and communities that form the more distant structures in people's lives. The social structure in human culture reduces problems by producing predictability in relationships. The process is not perfect, and there are other purposes for cultural systems, but at least three elements of culture allow humans to live together ...

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