Introducation to sociology for health carers by Mark Walsh

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Qxd 9/7/11 3:25 PM Page 27 Sociological approaches to health-care issues 27 tcelfeR Reflective activity 1. Explain why a naturalistic approach might be suitable for understanding the midwifery needs of ethnic minority women in this situation. 2. What data collection methods could Bryony use to obtain sociological data on this issue? 3. Explain why Bryony needs to obtain ‘insider’ data on attitudes, beliefs and cultural practices with regard to childbirth in order to ensure that midwifery services are appropriate to this section of the local population.

Collins Education, London. Seidman, S. (2004) Contested Knowledge – Social Theory Today, 3rd edn. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford. qxd 9/7/11 3:25 PM Page 34 4 Questioning medical knowledge Learning outcomes By the end of this chapter you should be able to: Identify and describe the origins, development and main principles of the biomedical approach to health and illness Explain how sociological thinking can be used to challenge the biomedical approach to health and illness Understand sociological approaches that identify ‘health’ and ‘illness’ as social constructs.

1976) The Role of Medicine: Dream, Mirage or Nemesis? London Provincial Hospitals Trust, London. Nettleton, S. (1998) The Sociology of Health and Illness. Polity Press, Cambridge. White, K. (2002) Sociology of Health and Illness. Sage, London. Further reading Clarke, A. (2001) The Sociology of Healthcare. Prentice Hall, Harlow. qxd 9/7/11 3:25 PM Page 49 5 Social class and health experience Learning outcomes By the end of this chapter you should be able to: Describe the main sociological approaches to identifying and understanding social class in Britain Outline the main patterns of health and illness experience according to social class in Britain Discuss possible explanations for the link between social class and health experience.

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