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Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness


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Ageing, the Body and the Gender Regime: Health, Illness and Disease Across the Life Course

Ageing, the Body and the Gender Regime: Health, Illness and Disease Across the Life Course

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Susan Pickard, Jude Robinson
July 15, 2019

The current (post-feminist) gender order comprises a highly complex co-existence of old and new norms and expectations, freedom and constraints, within a neo-liberal social order underpinned by individualism and involving a shift in gender performance by men and women. Health, illness and disease...

Banking on Milk: An Ethnography of Donor Human Milk Relations

Banking on Milk: An Ethnography of Donor Human Milk Relations

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Tanya Cassidy, Fiona Dykes
June 11, 2019

Banking on Milk takes the reader on a journey through the everyday life of donor human milk banking across the UK and beyond, asking questions such as: Why do people decide to donate? How do parents of recipients hear about human milk? How does milk donation impact on lifestyle choices? Chapters...

Social Science of the Syringe: A Sociology of Injecting Drug Use

Social Science of the Syringe: A Sociology of Injecting Drug Use

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Nicole Vitellone
June 11, 2019

This book addresses the history of harm reduction. It evaluates the consequences and constraints, stakes and costs of the policy of needle exchange for the purposes of harm prevention and health research. Vitellone situates the syringe at the centre of empirical research and theoretical analysis,...

Contested Illness in Context: An Interdisciplinary Study in Disease Definition

Contested Illness in Context: An Interdisciplinary Study in Disease Definition

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Harry Quinn Schone
May 20, 2019

What makes a disease real? Why is it that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia are doubted when they say they are in pain, and cannot access the same benefits of patient-hood that others can? What defines the limits of our belief and, ultimately, compassion, when it comes to...

Sickle Cell and the Social Sciences: Health, Racism and Disablement

Sickle Cell and the Social Sciences: Health, Racism and Disablement

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Simon M. Dyson
April 15, 2019

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a severe chronic illness and one of the world’s most common genetic conditions, with 400,000 children born annually with the disorder, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Brazil, the Middle East and in diasporic African populations in North America and Europe....

Injecting Bodies in More-than-Human Worlds

Injecting Bodies in More-than-Human Worlds

1st Edition

Fay Dennis
March 12, 2019

Drug use is widely understood in terms of its subjects, substances and settings. But what happens when these distinctions start to blur? Injecting Bodies in More-than-Human Worlds moves away from a hierarchical conceptualisation of drug use based on its subjects and their objects, offering unique...

Public Health, Personal Health and Pills: Drug Entanglements and Pharmaceuticalised Governance

Public Health, Personal Health and Pills: Drug Entanglements and Pharmaceuticalised Governance

1st Edition

Kevin Dew
August 02, 2018

Public Health, Personal Health and Pills explores the processes and effects of the increasing governance of our lives through pharmaceuticals, looking at the moral, interactional, social and political forces that shape our use of them. It demonstrates the ways in which social relationships and...

Dementia as Social Experience: Valuing Life and Care

Dementia as Social Experience: Valuing Life and Care

1st Edition

Gaynor Macdonald, Jane Mears
August 02, 2018

A diagnosis of dementia changes the ways people engage with each other – for those living with dementia, as well their families, caregivers, friends, health professionals, neighbours, shopkeepers and the community. Medical understandings, necessary as they are, provide no insights into how we...

Transnationalising Reproduction: Third Party Conception in a Globalised World

Transnationalising Reproduction: Third Party Conception in a Globalised World

1st Edition

Roisin Ryan Flood, Jenny Gunnarsson Payne
July 05, 2018

Third party conception is a growing phenomenon and provokes a burgeoning range of ethical, legal and social questions. What are the rights of donors, recipients and donor conceived children? How are these reproductive technologies regulated? How is kinship understood within these new family forms?...

Fertility, Health and Lone Parenting: European Contexts

Fertility, Health and Lone Parenting: European Contexts

1st Edition

Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq
October 16, 2017

In Europe, the percentage of lone-parent families has risen from 14% to 19% between 1996 and 2012. Only in Greece and Finland did the rates fall, while in Denmark and the Republic of Ireland the rise has reached or exceeded 10 percent. As of 2017, there are 2.9 million lone parents with...

Systems Theory and the Sociology of Health and Illness: Observing Healthcare

Systems Theory and the Sociology of Health and Illness: Observing Healthcare

1st Edition

Morten Knudsen, Werner Vogd
June 29, 2017

Modern societies and organizations are characterized by multiple kinds of observations, systems, or rationalities, rather than singular identities and clear hierarchies. This holds true for healthcare where we find a range of different perspectives – from medicine to education, from science to law,...

Recovery, Mental Health and Inequality: Chinese Ethnic Minorities as Mental Health Service Users

Recovery, Mental Health and Inequality: Chinese Ethnic Minorities as Mental Health Service Users

1st Edition

Lynn Tang
June 19, 2017

Mental health has long been perceived as a taboo subject in the UK, so much so that mental health services have been marginalised within health and social care. There is even more serious neglect of the specific issues faced by different ethnic minorities. This book uses the rich narratives of the...

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