Health and Wellbeing

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Hughes, Katie (2012) Health and Wellbeing. In: Australian Sociology : A Changing Society. 3rd edition. Pearson Australia, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W., pp. 192-216.


This chapter examines the ways in which the medical industry can be seen to play a role in social control. It also explores some of the issues that influence our understandings about health, the medical industry, and the people who staff it and run it. Some of the explanations available for the differences in health enjoyed by men and women, and the rich and poor, are discussed. But first there are some basic questions to answer.

Item type Book Section
ISBN 9781442540729
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > SEO Classification > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and Lifelong Learning
Keywords ResPubID23721, disease, illness, biomedicine, complementary medicine, alternative medicine, AMA, Australian Medical Association, clinical gaze, medicalisation, epidemiology, demographics, health promotion, lifestyle, Medicare, health insurance, environmental hazards, fatality, Australia
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