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`This is a wide-ranging and authoritative analysis of sociology's 'state-of-the-art'. It will set the terms of debate for the next decade' - John Urry, Lancaster University, U.K.`The profession of sociology was blessed by abundance of excellent handbooks. The one edited by Craig Calhoun, Christ Rojek and Bryan Turner was preceded by outstanding sociology handbooks, the most eminent ones by Robert Farris and E Lee published in 1964 and a more recent one by Neil Smelser in1988. The volume by Farris and Lee not only served as an introductory text to the discipline, but contained many innovative papers, which re-oriented social research for years to come. Smelser brought together the best possible and most polished overview of the contributions professional sociology at his time. The Calhoun-Rojek-Turner ...

The Sociology of Health and Illness
The sociology of health and illness

Heath is a metaphor for well-being. To be healthy means to be of sound mind and body; to be integrated; to be whole. Over time and across societies, influential theorists have emphasized that health consists of balance, of being centered (Antonovsky, 1979). The concept of health can be applied to human parts, as when we say, ‘Your mother has a healthy heart’ or Your father has a healthy psyche' (Ferreira et al., 2001). More generally, health refers to a holistic notion of individual well-being (Goldstein, 2000; Roose et al, 2001). We indicate this by relating that ‘Samantha is a “healthy” person’ or ‘She is in good health’. By extension, the concept of health is ...

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