A Sociology of Health offers an authoritative and up-to-date introduction to the key issues, perspectives, and debates within the field of medical sociology. The book aids readers’ understanding of how sociological approaches are crucial to understanding the impact that health and illness have on the behavior, attitudes, beliefs, and practices, of an increasingly health-aware population.

Doing Better, Feeling Scared: Health Statistics and the Culture of Fear

Doing Better, Feeling Scared: Health Statistics and the Culture of Fear

Doing better, feeling scared: Health statistics and the culture of fear
  • Health statistics show improvements in objective measures of health and longevity yet, paradoxically, there is a growing sense of fear about illness and an increase in subjective health complaints.
  • The methods and statistical techniques employed in mapping the relationships between social factors and health outcomes often serve to amplify perceptions of risk, thereby contributing to the promotion of health scares.
  • These methods and techniques are critiqued and their contribution to health scares such as obesity, passive smoking and HIV/AIDS is explored.
  • The amplification of health risks is discussed in the broader context of sociological theories of the risk society and the culture of ...
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