Handbook of the Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healing

A Blueprint for the 21st Century

  • Bernice A. Pescosolido
  • Jack K. Martin
  • Jane D. McLeod
  • Anne Rogers

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Rethinking Connecting Sociology’s Role in Health, Illness, & Healing, From the Top Down

  3. Connecting Communities

  4. Connecting To Medicine: The Profession and Its Organizations

  5. Connecting To the People: The Public as Patient and Powerful Force

  6. Connecting Personal & Cultural Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 361-361
    2. Margarita Alegría, Bernice A. Pescosolido, Sandra Williams, Glorisa Canino
      Pages 363-382
    3. Jen’nan Ghazal Read, Bridget K. Gorman
      Pages 411-429
    4. Susan Cotts Watkins, Ann Swidler, Crystal Biruk
      Pages 431-445
  7. Connecting to Dynamics: The Health and Illness Career

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 447-447
    2. Eliza K. Pavalko, Andrea E. Willson
      Pages 449-464
  8. Connecting the Individual and the Body

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 563-571

About this book


The Handbook of the Sociology of Health, Illness & Healing advances the understanding of medical sociology by identifying the most important contemporary challenges to the field and suggesting directions for future inquiry. The editors provide a blueprint for guiding research and teaching agendas for the first quarter of the 21st century.

In a series of essays, this volume offers a systematic view of the critical questions that face our understanding of the role of social forces in health, illness and healing. It also provides an overall theoretical framework and asks medical sociologists to consider the implications of taking on new directions and approaches. Such issues may include the importance of multiple levels of influences, the utility of dynamic, life course approaches, the role of culture, the impact of social networks, the importance of fundamental causes approaches, and the influences of state structures and policy making.


Health Care Health Policy medical sociology sociology of mental health

Editors and affiliations

  • Bernice A. Pescosolido
    • 1
  • Jack K. Martin
    • 2
  • Jane D. McLeod
    • 3
  • Anne Rogers
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Social ResearchIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Social ResearchIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.Institute of Social ResearchIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  4. 4., National Primary Care Research and DevelThe University of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom

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