Society, health and disease in South Africa (Paperback / softback)Product ID : 9781776143146
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The onset of the quadruple burden of disease in South Africa, the challenges faced by the medical establishment to curtail the rapid growth of multiple epidemics, the inadequate response by the State to various inequities in the health system, and the public debates associated with it, have all combined to draw attention to the sociological aspects of health and disease. In placing these issues in the public arena, there is also increasing recognition that health practitioners need to have a better understanding of the social aspects of health and disease. Sociology as a resource of knowledge and a unique analytical and conceptual perspective can be used to understand, to explain and to positively influence the course of health and disease in South African society and our responses to it. This reader differs from the traditional textbook. Instead of merely summarising different issues, we expose you to a range of views, debates and opinions as well as a variety of texts, including academic articles, newspaper clippings and policy documents. By engaging you in these texts, we are doing more than 'just teaching you the facts'. Rather, we are preparing you to improve your theoretical understanding as well as your practice. In order to achieve this, we are expecting you to be critical thinkers who can understand, synthesise and evaluate arguments and evidence, and put forward your own ideas. This is important because of the changing nature of theories and policies. This means that as a health practitioner or scholar you must be equipped with the skills to critically evaluate research and debates in your profession, be able to adapt to changes and contribute to the development of knowledge and best practice. This reader will familiarise you with relevant content and assist you to develop the analytical capacity and conceptual skills you will need. Society, Health and Disease in South Africa has been authored by experienced educators and researchers in the fields of sociology, social work, anthropology, healthcare policy and practice. The Sociology Department at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg over the last 60 years has provided education to health science students from an array of degree and diploma programmes including: dentistry, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy and more recently the newly introduced health science degrees. These sociology courses have provided part of a foundational and scaffolding Health Science programme, in which students have historically been introduced to the conceptual and theoretical material covered in Sections 1 to 3 of this reader (which have been applied to specific contemporary case studies of the times). Recently, chronic illnesses (long-term conditions) have been incorporated due to the changing burden of disease both globally and in South Africa. Section 4 is a new addition to this specific edition of Society, Health and Disease South Africa. This reader: - Exposes Health Science students and practitioners to a sociological perspective of health, illness and disease; - Introduces Social Science students to health, illness and disease as a focus of sociological inquiry; and - Offers educators an updated resource with both theoretical and empirical content in Health Sociology. In addition: - A wealth of new and updated resources; - Critical perspectives on how social context and environment are related to health and disease; particularly in a time of chronic illness and the quadruple burden of disease in South Africa; and - Opportunities for interactive learning - highlighting key issues and current debates and asking for questions that encourage critical thinking and engagement with the readings and real life situations.
297mm(L) x 210mm(W) x 15mm(H)
297mm(L) x 210mm(W) x 15mm(H)