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Sociology for Nurses

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 07.09.2016
  • Verlag: Polity
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Sociology for Nurses

Sociology for Nurses has become a leading textbook and an invaluable companion for students wishing to get to grips with how sociology can positively transform professional nursing practice. This thoroughly revised new edition maintains its commitment to providing jargon-free explanations of sociological theories and evidence to show how studying sociology can be useful in all branches of nursing. Readers will develop a clear understanding of what sociology is and why it is essential to practice, gain deeper awareness of social issues such as gender, ethnicity, class and the life course, and become more familiar with the social contexts of health policy and nursing as a profession. With updates in every chapter, the third edition includes a new chapter on research methods, a reorganized collection of chapters on health policy, extended coverage of long-term illness and disability, as well as contemporary case studies on topical healthcare issues such as dementia, the 'obesity epidemic' and recent attempts to integrate health and social care. In addition, the book provides clearly defined learning aims, a useful glossary of sociological concepts, structured activities and questions for discussion, and annotated suggestions for further reading. The editors and contributing authors to the book have a wealth of experience teaching sociology to nurses at diploma and degree pre-registration and post-registration levels. Their book will continue to spark interest and debate among all student nurses, particularly those approaching sociology for the first time. Please visit the accompanying website at: Denny is Emeritus Professor of Health Sociology at Birmingham City University Sarah Earle is Senior Lecturer in Health & Social Care at The Open University Alistair Hewison is Senior Lecturer of Nursing at the University of Birmingham


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    Erscheinungsdatum: 07.09.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781509505449
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Sociology for Nurses

What is Sociology?

Sarah Earle

The nature of sociological inquiry.
Sociology, 'common sense' and lay reasoning.
The role of sociology in society and in nursing.
An introduction to sociological theory.
Theorizing mental health and illness. BY THE END OF THIS CHAPTER YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO:

Understand the nature of sociological inquiry.
Recognize the distinction between sociology, 'common sense' and lay reasoning.
Engage in some of the debates concerning the role of sociology within society and nursing.
Discuss different sociological theories.
Apply sociological theories to the issue of mental health and illness. 1 Introduction

Sociology is concerned, in the broadest sense, with the study of human society. As this implies, its scope is almost limitless: it is possible, in principle, to have a sociology of any activity in which human beings engage. Inevitably the sorts of activities that have concerned sociologists have changed somewhat over time. The principal concerns of sociologists writing in the nineteenth century, when sociology was just beginning as an academic discipline, were the major social, political and economic changes which had taken place across Europe since the late Middle Ages. Early sociological writing was dominated, for example, by attempts to chart and explain the rise of industrial capitalism and the changing nature and role of religion in society, and to understand the new forms which social and political institutions had taken since the Industrial Revolution (Giddens 2001); this period of time is known as modernity. Today, the changed concerns of sociologists largely reflect the changing nature of society. A shift in sexual attitudes and behaviours, gender relations, globalization and new communications technologies, as well as changing patterns of criminality and social aspects of health and illness - the subject of this book - have all loomed large in recent sociological literature (see, for example, Letherby et al. 2008; Earle and Sharp 2007; Sassen 2007; and Nettleton 2006). Most recently, attention has turned to the subject of happiness. For instance, some of the debates have focused on the individual and social benefits of being happy, such as improved mental health and well-being, as well as on the more controversial economic and political benefits for society generally (such as increased productivity and less frequent use of health services).


a focus on achieving progress, synonymous with industrialization

Activity 1.1 The benefits of happiness

David Cameron's 2006 speech to Google Zeitgeist can be found at: < When you have read this, answer the questions below.

What is happiness? Can you define it?
Can you make patients happy? If so, how?
Is happiness important in nursing?
Why do you think happiness is a sociological concern?
Figure 1.1 'It's time we admitted that there's more to life than money and it's time we focused not just on GDP but on GWB - general well-being.' David Cameron, British Prime Minister

There are a number of key questions and issues which lie at the heart of sociological inquiry, whatever the specific topic to which it is directed. The aim of this chapter is to introduce the most important of these. Before doing so, it is important to make a few general points about the nature of sociological inquiry and how it may differ from other disciplines. The remainder of this chapter is devoted to a discussion of the main the

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