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

  • Differences between men and women are not simply the product of biology but are socially constructed
  • These gender differences have an important impact on our health
  • The different ways that gender impacts on the health of men and women are complex


One of the first things a child learns about itself, in our society, is whether they are a boy or a girl. If we are intersex, that is, one of the 1.7% of people whose sex may be difficult to categorize as male or female when we are born (Krane and Barak, 2012: 39; Moore, 2000), this is likely to be a source of anxiety for our parents; should they dress the baby in pink or blue? The child must be one or the ...

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