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.

Illness Behaviour and the Discourse of Health

Illness Behaviour and the Discourse of Health

Illness behaviour and the discourse of health
  • Sociologist's distinguish between disease- the presence of physical pathology, and illness – the patient's subjective experience of symptoms.
  • Illness behaviour – includes all of the disturbances to an individual's life which stem from the experience of illness, including changes in functioning and activity, and uptake of health services and other welfare benefits.
  • The discourse of health refers to the totality of cultural norms, expectations and technologies through which a society understands and responds to illness.
  • Changes in the discourse of health have given rise to forms of illness behaviour for which little evidence of physical pathology can be found.
  • This epidemic of medically unexplained symptoms has been accompanied by the development of ...
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