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The Sociology of Health, Illness, and Health Care: A Critical Approach, 7th Edition

  • Rose Weitz
  • ISBN-10: 1305583701
  • ISBN-13: 9781305583702
  • 432 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2013, 2010
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

Extremely student friendly and completely up to date, THE SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH, ILLNESS, AND HEALTH CARE: A CRITICAL APPROACH, 7th Edition delivers a comprehensive, cutting-edge overview that includes both micro- and macro-level topics. The text exposes the sociological and ethical dilemmas of modern health care and challenges students to think analytically, while its unique critical perspective enables readers to question their previously held beliefs about health and illness. Thorough discussions of health and health care emphasize how social forces can prevent or foster illness, affect cultural ideas about illness and disability, structure health care institutions, and affect the lives of health care workers. Race, class, gender, and disability issues are highlighted throughout the text; the book also summarizes the social causes of health and illness in less developed nations and the diverse ways that nations provide (or don't provide) health care.


  • The book is written in an engaging, highly readable style that focuses on stimulating students to think critically -- through debates discussed within chapters and various chapter features. These in-text features also serve as resources that teachers can use in building their class sessions.

  • Features that promote reflection and analytical thinking include "Contemporary Issues" boxes, which provide insightful coverage of current issues and events from a sociological perspective; "Ethical Debates" throughout the text and a final chapter on bioethics that highlight ethical dilemmas in health care and research, and challenge students to sharpen their critical thinking skills; "Implications Essays" at the end of most chapters that prompt students to think about new issues; and critical thinking questions.

  • Race, class, gender, and disability issues are highlighted throughout the text.

  • Chapter-opening vignettes offer gripping stories that pull students into the topic and chapter, followed by brief "roadmaps" that help students conceptualize what they will be studying.

  • Pedagogical aids include "Key Concepts" in boxed features, tables, and figures to ensure that students visually engage with the text; key terms and definitions printed in bold the first time they appear; detailed, bulleted summaries at the end of each chapter to cement understanding of key topics; and chapter review questions that allow students to assess and strengthen their knowledge of main points.

About the Author

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

1. The Sociology of Health, Illness, and Health Care.
2. The Social Sources of Modern Illness.
3. The Social Distribution of Illness in the United States.
4. Illness and Death in Less Developed Nations.
5. The Social Meanings of Illness.
6. The Experience of Disability, Chronic Pain, and Chronic Illness.
7. The Sociology of Mental Illness.
8. Health Care in the United States.
9. Health Care around the Globe.
10. Health Care Settings and Technologies.
11. The Profession of Medicine.
12. Other Mainstream and Alternative Health Care Providers.
13. Issues in Bioethics.
Subject Index.

New to this edition

  • Thoroughly revised with discussions of current events, emerging trends, and cutting-edge topics in health and health care, the seventh edition is the most up-to-date book on the market in terms of content, reference material, and statistical data. It includes new coverage of such contemporary topics as the use of "Big Data" in health care and research, the underlying causes of Ebola Virus Disease, the rise in mobile digital health devices, and many others.
  • Each chapter opens with a list of learning objectives matched to the chapter's main sections. The objectives help students to focus their studying, and can help both students and faculty to assess students' understanding.
  • Visually appealing maps, tables, and figures, based on new or updated data whenever available, help students grasp concepts more readily.


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

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 130567586X | ISBN-13: 9781305675865)

Written by text author Rose Weitz of Arizona State University, these materials help instructors more quickly, easily, and effectively prepare for class with such resources as chapter summaries, suggested readings, suggested documentaries and narrative films, three to five essay questions per chapter, and 20 to 25 multiple-choice questions per chapter.

Online PowerPoint┬« Slides  (ISBN-10: 1305675878 | ISBN-13: 9781305675872)

Written by core text author Rose Weitz of Arizona State University, these dynamic slides help instructors quickly and easily prepare lively classroom presentations. The fully customizable slides contain outlines of chapter content, photos and figures from the book, and discussion questions to fully engage students in the lecture.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero┬« Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 130567281X | ISBN-13: 9781305672819)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.