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The Sociology of Health, Illness, and Health Care in Canada: A Critical Approach, 1st Edition

  • Lisa Strohschein
  • Rose Weitz
  • ISBN-10: 0176514171
  • ISBN-13: 9780176514174
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

Strohschein/Weitz' The Sociology of Health, Illness, and Health Care in Canada: A Critical Approach, first Canadian edition is the first in its field to take a critical approach, challenging students to use their 'sociological imagination' to question previously taken-for-granted aspects about health, illness, and health care. Comprehensive, current, and thoroughly Canadian, the authors consistently encourage students to acquire for themselves the tools needed to see the world around them in a new way. As one of the largest fields in the discipline, the sociology of health and illness is vibrant, theoretically-rich and diverse. As such, The Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare in Canada: A Critical Approach places nearly equal balance of the three main areas in the field: the social patterning of health and illness, the social construction of health and illness, and the social organization of health care. It introduces students not only to structural functionalism, conflict theory and symbolic interactionism, but also to more recent theories such as Foucaultian theory, postmodernism, Bourdiesian theory and sociology of the body. The text places considerable effort into evaluating and interpreting the most current available research findings; Canadian statistics; and trends in health, creating a coherent 'story' that will engage students and stimulate active learning and independent thinking. The text's authors contextualize the sociology of health, illness, and healthcare in Canada's political, historical, and cultural landscape. At the same time, the authors examine the lessons to be learned by contrasting the Canadian situation with what occurs in the United States and other countries.


  • Each chapter opens with a vignette designed to immediately engage students with the chapter content by demonstrating that the topic of the chapter has real consequences for real people.

  • ‘Ethical Debates’ throughout the text expose ethical dilemmas that pervade healthcare and challenge students to sharpen their critical thinking skills while defending and assessing their own positions on these critical issues.

  • Built-in skill development tools for students. Each chapter begins with a set of learning objectives and ends with a chapter summary that refers back to those objectives.

  • Changing the World Boxes - help students see how sociological knowledge can translate into effective social action. They describe the work of individuals and nonprofit organizations who are using sociological insights to "change the world" of health and health care.

  • InfoTrac® is a powerful online learning resource consisting of thousands of full-text articles from hundreds of journals and periodicals. By doing a simple keyword search, students quickly generate a list of relevant full-text articles from thousands of possibilities. InfoTrac®’s continually updated collection of articles can be useful for doing reading and writing assignments that reach beyond the pages of this text. Students who purchase a new copy of this text will receive free access to InfoTrac® College Edition for a four-month term.

About the Author

Lisa Strohschein

Lisa Strohschein (rhymes with sunshine) was born in Ontario, Canada, and received her Ph.D. at McMaster University in 2002. She is currently Associate Professor and Associate Chair (Undergraduate) in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. In her research, she investigates how family dynamics are related to health and well-being, with a specific focus on the impact of divorce on adults and children. Her current projects include a federally funded grant to describe and evaluate the social implications of new family forms in Canada and an international collaboration that will compare how Canadian and American youth navigated the transition to adulthood during the Great Recession.

Rose Weitz

Rose Weitz received her doctoral degree from Yale University in 1978. Since then, she has carved an exceptional record as both a scholar and a teacher. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles, the book LIFE WITH AIDS (Rutgers, 1991), and the book RAPUNZEL'S DAUGHTERS: WHAT WOMEN'S HAIR TELLS US ABOUT WOMEN'S LIVES (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004). She is also co-author of LABOR PAINS: MODERN MIDWIVES AND HOME BIRTH (Yale University Press, 1988) and co-editor of THE POLITICS OF WOMEN'S BODIES: APPEARANCE, SEXUALITY, AND BEHAVIOR (published by Oxford University Press and now in its fourth edition). Professor Weitz has won two major teaching awards at Arizona State University, as well as the Pacific Sociological Associations' Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award, and has been a finalist for other teaching awards numerous times.

Table of Contents

Part One: Sociological Approaches to Health and Illness
Chapter 1: The Sociology of Health, Illness, and Health Care
Chapter 2: The Social Sources of Disease and Death

Part Two: Social Factors and Illness
Chapter 3: The Social Determinants of Health and Illness: Age, Sex and Gender, and Race/Ethnicity
Chapter 4: Socioeconomic Inequalities in Health
Chapter 5: Work and Family Life: The Influence of Social Roles on Health and Illness
Chapter 6: Illness and Death in the Developing World

Part Three: The Meaning and Experience of Illness
Chapter 7: The Social Meanings of Illness
Chapter 8: The Experience of Disability, Chronic Pain, and Chronic Illness
Chapter 9: The Body and the Pursuit of Health

Part Four: Health Care Systems, Professions, Settings, and Technologies
Chapter 10: A History of Health Care in Canada
Chapter 11: Health Care in Other Countries
Chapter 12: Health Care Professions
Chapter 13: Health Care Settings and Technologies

Part Five: Issues in Bioethics
Chapter 14: Issues in Bioethics


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Test Bank for The Sociology of Health, Illness and Health Care in Canada, 1e  (ISBN-10: 0176660712 | ISBN-13: 9780176660710)

The Test Bank was written by Rose Ricciardelli of York University. It includes over 490 multiple-choice questions written according to NETA guidelines for effective construction and development of higher-order questions. Also included are over 40 short answer and 30 essay questions. Test Bank files are provided in Microsoft Word format for easy editing and in PDF format for convenient printing, whatever your system.