Medical Sociology in Africa

  • Jimoh Amzat
  • Oliver Razum

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Jimoh Amzat, Oliver Razum
    Pages 1-19
  3. Jimoh Amzat, Oliver Razum
    Pages 21-37
  4. Jimoh Amzat, Oliver Razum
    Pages 39-59
  5. Jimoh Amzat, Oliver Razum
    Pages 61-82
  6. Jimoh Amzat, Oliver Razum
    Pages 83-106
  7. Jimoh Amzat, Oliver Razum
    Pages 107-128
  8. Jimoh Amzat, Oliver Razum
    Pages 129-153
  9. Jimoh Amzat, Oliver Razum
    Pages 155-184
  10. Jimoh Amzat, Oliver Razum
    Pages 185-205
  11. Jimoh Amzat, Oliver Razum
    Pages 207-240
  12. Jimoh Amzat, Oliver Razum
    Pages 241-263
  13. Jimoh Amzat, Oliver Razum
    Pages 265-284
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 285-299

About this book


This book presents a comprehensive discussion of classical ideas, core topics, currents, and detailed theoretical underpinnings in medical sociology. It is a globally renowned source and reference for those interested in social dimensions of health and illness. The presentation is enriched with explanatory and illustrative styles. The design and illustration of details will shift the minds of the readers from mere classroom discourse to societal context (the space of health issues), to consider the implications of those ideas in a way that could guide health interventions. The elemental strengths are the sociological illustrations from African context, rooted in deep cultural interpretations necessitated because Africa bears a greater brunt of health problems. More so, the classical and current epistemological and theoretical discourse presented in this book are indicative of core themes in medical sociology in particular, but cut across a multidisciplinary realm including health social sciences (e.g., medical anthropology, health psychology, medical demography, medical geography and health economics) and health studies (medicine, public health, epidemiology, bioethics, and medical humanities) in general. Therefore, apart from the book’s relevance as a teaching text of medical sociology for academics, it is also meant for students at various levels and all health professionals who require a deeper understanding of social dimensions of health and illness (with illustrations from the African context), and sociological contributions to health studies in general.


Client-practitioner relations Guiding health interventions Health behaviour and illness behaviour Health economics Health problems Health psychology Health social sciences Health studies Health, disease and illness Marxism and feminism Medical anthropology Medical demography and geography Social determinants/context of health Social dimensions of health and illness Society, culture and health Sociology of bioethics The space of health issues Traditional and modern health care

Authors and affiliations

  • Jimoh Amzat
    • 1
  • Oliver Razum
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUsmanu Danfodiyo UniversitySokotoNigeria
  2. 2.AG3 Epidemiology & Intern Public Health Faculty of Health SciencesUniversity of BielefeldBielefeldGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03985-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03986-2
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