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

  • It is society, not biology, that shapes our sexual feelings and self-understanding
  • Promoting sexual health means supporting people to express and enjoy their sexuality free of coercion, discrimination and violence
  • Stigma and secrecy about unconventional sexual behaviour is a major threat to sexual health


Images of sexuality are all around us in the media and wider society. Even if we are not having sex, it is part of our everyday lives. Yet sexuality means different things to different people. For some of us, it is an important part of our identity, an aspect of who we are. For most of us, sexuality is tied up with our hopes and dreams for a happy life and can bring pleasure, fun and intimacy. Yet it can also ...

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