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 impact of ageing on health is not only a matter of biology
  • The ageing process is shaped by social ideas and institutions
  • Our health at any particular age reflects the social construction of ageing and experiences across our life course


From a ‘common sense’ standpoint, ageing might seem a process which is inevitable and biological. Every day we grow older and over time our bodies change. If we live into old age, at some point our major organs will fail and we will die. Yet whilst we tend to think of growing older as a fairly fixed progression of stages, what it means to be any particular age and the condition of our body at that age has much to do with society. This ...

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