Sociology is a core topic for all trainee health professionals, but many struggle to get to grips with it and to see what sociology has to offer. Based on years of experience teaching sociology to health care students, Lani Russell has written a truly introductory text which explains the main sociological concepts without jargon or becoming too advanced. Using carefully chosen examples, she shows how health issues are influenced by social phenomena such as class, race or sexuality and the relevance this has for practitioners.



Key Issues

  • The idea that there are sub-species of human beings (races) is not suggested by the genetic evidence
  • The different experiences of people from different ethnic backgrounds are mainly due to society rather than biology
  • People from ethnic minority groups face particular disadvantages in relation to health


Chapter 3 explored the implications of the sensitive issue of class for human health. The issue of ethnicity is perhaps even more sensitive. Some of us would prefer not to talk or even think about ethnic differences, but focus on what we have in common. However, the idea that humanity can be sub-divided into different racial groups has been influential in our society and is reflected, even today, in health patterns. Some people are likely to face disadvantages that ...

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