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Sociology, Health & Wellbeing
Originally mainly concerned with health inequalities, this site now covers a broader range of topics. Resources more directly related to the delivery of health and social care can be found on my 'Factors Influencing Practice' site.
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Behavioural & Social Science Teaching

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Useful range of health related resources including links to key articles.

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Social Theory and Health - Abstract of article: Fantasy paradigms of health inequalities: Utopian thinking[quest]

The theorization of health issues is crucial both for understanding and as a guide for action. By providing a forum for academics and practitioners to engage with the theoretical development of the health debate, Social Theory and Health aims to develop the theoretical underpinnings of health research and service delivery.
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Unfortunately this article is pay-walled but if you can get access it looks to be an excellent read. My suspicion is that most health care students are introduced to the idea of upstream and downstream approaches, but at the end of the day modules (understandably) default to what this article refers to as "the 'cargo cult' of health behaviourism". Ouch!

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Dr Derek Jones's curator insight, August 18, 2015 3:51 AM

Unfortunately this article is pay-walled but if you can get access it looks to be an excellent read. My suspicion is that most health care students are introduced to the idea of upstream and downstream approaches, but at the end of the day modules (understandably) default to what this article refers to as "the 'cargo cult' of health behaviourism". Ouch!

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Poverty in Britain; Unemployment As a Choice, Thinking Allowed - BBC Radio 4

Poverty in Britain; Unemployment As a Choice, Thinking Allowed - BBC Radio 4 | Sociology, Health & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Is poverty in Britain increasing? Also, unemployment as a 'choice'.
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Dr Derek Jones's curator insight, May 20, 2015 4:34 PM

Really helpful piece on understanding poverty and deprivation.

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The contribution of Social Networks to the Health and Self-Management of Patients with Long-Term Conditions: A longitudinal study | Person-Centred Care Resource Centre

The contribution of Social Networks to the Health and Self-Management of Patients with Long-Term Conditions: A longitudinal study | Person-Centred Care Resource Centre | Sociology, Health & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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My view is there is often too much emphasis on self in self management and not enough recognition of the need to provide ongoing support to manage long term conditions. So this is an important reminder of the importance of others.

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Keynote Speech: Dr. Sara Ryan 'Public Issue and Private Troubles..' - YouTube

“ 'Public Issues and Private Troubles: thinking about work, dudes and difference' Sara is Connor Sparrowhawk's mother and a senior researcher at Oxford Univers...”
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A very sad (and avoidable) illustration of the use of sociological concepts. The death of Dr Ryan's son isn't just a personal grief - the circumstances of his death draw attention to wider issues around the care of people with learning disabilities and autism.
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Stigma and mental illness

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This is a first blog written on my own account, so it's offered with a degree of diffidence. At least the focus, on stigma, is familiar to me. The object is to reflect on ways in which the concept ...
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Another great example of a) the relevance of sociological concepts to contemporary practice and b) the importance of being aware of the status of theories (like labeling) that have been around for some time.

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Sociological Theorists: Talcott Parsons

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Talcott Parsons has suffered from his success. He was the chief exponent of the US-style structural-functionalism ...

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Along with Goffman (featured in an earlier scoop), Parsons is a key sociologist for health and social care students. The concept of the 'sick role' is still frequently referred to (though often with little awareness of some damning critiques). Another useful precis from Graham Scambler.

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Basic Critical Realism, 'Interdisciplinarity' and Health

I recently convened an afternoon workshop on 'interdisciplinarity and health' as part of UCL's Behaviour Change Month. I spoke briefly about philosophy, Henry Potts about methods and Caroline Selai...
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It helps to have some familiarity with Bhaskar's work, otherwise you might find this a little heavy going. A great re-introduction to critical realism if you have had some knowledge lurking at the back of your brain.

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Why sociology is necessary to understand online health behaviours

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Despite being written in an era that pre-dated many of the digital technologies that have become important to society today, the implications of the sociological imagination (Mills, 1959), recognis...
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Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England infographics | The King's Fund

Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England infographics | The King's Fund | Sociology, Health & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
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Chris Ham: Integrated care in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King's Fund, looks at what the health and social care system in England can learn from the experiences of the other countries
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Dr Derek Jones's curator insight, July 22, 2013 10:51 AM

Health & Social Care in Northern Ireland, Scotland and (to a lesser extent Wales) has always been different from England; since devolution this has increasingly been the case. Despite this the differences tend to be little know or understood in England. This presentation looks at an important topic: integrated care.

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Cultural health capital and the interactional dynamics of patient-centered care

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Benidorm and 'being sane in insane places'

Benidorm and 'being sane in insane places' | Sociology, Health & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
I found out earlier today that LB features in a school psychology course in Benidorm. Rosie's mate, Molly, working with Oxford summer school students, was asked if she'd heard of 'Laughing Boy from...
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This post highlights the (unfortunately) ongoing relevance of Rosenhan's work on being sane in insane places.

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Social Capital and Pierre Bourdieu: A Digest

Social Capital and Pierre Bourdieu: A Digest | Sociology, Health & Wellbeing | Scoop.it
Pierre Bourdieu is a sociologist who’s interest focused on social class and stratification along with inequality. His perspectives evolved through trying to develop a cultural anthropology of social reproduction. In the 1960s he described the [...]
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Bourdieu is relevant to discussion of health inequality because of his concern with social class. His idea of cultural capital also fits with the idea that social exclusion is not just about economic status. As someone who has come to academia from a non-traditional background it also makes sense to me in terms of why I always feel like a bit of an outsider.

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Rethinking class for the 21st century?

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Graham Scambler on the sociological problems with the Savage et al's Great British Class Survey. Is it pop rather than public sociology?
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If you are interested in health inequalities (of course your are, you're here) you have to engage with the concept of social class. This commentary explores this complex topic.

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Four concepts of social structure

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DespiteThe concept of ‘social structure’ is central to sociological inquiry yet there is little agreement about what it means. This matters because social explanation hinges on what we take ‘structure’ to...

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Despite the popularity of constructivist understandings of health I see no getting away from the relevance of structure - how can we otherwise seriously talk about social/structural determinants of health. This can be a little heavy going if you are not familiar with sociological writing but stick with it. I think the final section offers a way forward in terms of integrating the individual and the 'whole' (agency and structure).

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The Sociological Imagination Revisited

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A good introduction to the work of C Wright Mills. There is an understandable tendency for health and social care students to be so concerned about treating everyone as an individual and valuing difference (which is good) that in the process they loose sight of the bigger picture. Mills draws our attention to personal troubles and public issues and in doing so reminds us of the need for professional bodies to be involved in the political process. So, It is important we help Fred (who has schizophrenia) manage on his limited income from benefits (personal troubles) - but we also need to ask why is it a struggle not just for Fred but also for people in similar situations (public issue). We are all different, but we can be different in similar ways and for similar reasons.

 

By the way; I also think the popularity of constructivist approaches also draws attention away from understanding the very real (material) influences on health and well-being.

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Sociology of Health & Illness - - Wiley Online Library

Sociology of Health & Illness - - Wiley Online Library | Sociology, Health & Wellbeing | Scoop.it

special issue on pain.

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Don't know how I missed this collection of essential readings from 2009.

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Dr Derek Jones's curator insight, August 13, 2014 9:49 AM

Don't know how I missed this collection of essential readings on the sociology of pain from 2009.

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Sociological Theorists: Erving Goffman

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Erving Goffman may or may not have been a symbolic interactionist, but he was undoubtedly influenced by G.H.Mead. Mead distinguished between the I, or the spontaneous self, and the Me, or the socia...
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Goffman's  work on stigma and presentation of self is important for any health and social care professional interested in human interaction (which of course all should be). The excellent Graham Scambler provides this useful introduction to his work.  

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The Off Sick Project

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The Off Sick Project considered the role of narrative in understandings of illness both in the past and the present. It incorporated historical and literary research with present-day stories of illness gathered from the communities of South Wales.

 


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AnneMarie Cunningham's curator insight, September 6, 2013 4:01 AM

This site documents the project which took place between 2011-12. The exhibition introduces some ket concepts around narratives in medicine. And then you can read the stories of people in South Wales in the 'narratives' section. 

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JAMA Network | JAMA | The Critical Role of Caregivers in Achieving Patient-Centered Care

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Time to Think Differently: The case for change

Our Time to Think Differently programme has made the case for change and highlighted the trends that will influence the way health and social care is delivered
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An alternative guide to the new NHS in England

The NHS will be 65 years old on 5 July. In that time, our health system has undergone profound change, with the recent Health and Social Care Act introducing the…
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Dr Derek Jones's curator insight, July 22, 2013 10:53 AM

A good simple introduction to the new NHS (in England).