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Foundations of Biosocial Health: Stigma and Illness Interactions (Hardback)
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Foundations of Biosocial Health: Stigma and Illness Interactions (Hardback)

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Hardback 244 Pages / Published: 04/05/2017
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The chapters in Foundations of Biosocial Health: Stigma and Illness Interactions, drawn primarily from medical anthropology, highlight the diverse ways in which various stigmatized health conditions interact with social inequalities and stigma to form syndemics. The authors delineate multiple examples of stigma-driven syndemics to demonstrate both the nature of disease interactions and how stigma contributes to, promotes, exacerbates, or perpetuates a syndemic. In so doing, the authors also address how stigma translates from a social condition to various biological conditions. The authors' contributions cover a variety of topics, including HIV, substance use, obesity, depression, homelessness, poverty,and political oppression. This book is recommended for scholars of anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, and public health.

Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498552110
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 240 x 158 x 22 mm


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In content this volume is clear and thematically coherent.... [T] he authors are to be congratulated on their international perspective.... This volume makes a persuasive case for the expansion of research into this area. This book would be of particular interest to those familiar with the theoretical traditions on which it is founded. With its substantial theoretical content, this text would be most useful to scholars and postgraduate students who are interested in research that focuses on the intersections of contemporary social theory, health and illness and medical sociology. I eagerly await the next instalment in this volume. * Sociology of Health & Illness *
In Foundations of Biosocial Health the role of stigma as a powerful and enduring social-structural factor in health is highlighted and underscored. Through eloquent case studies on substance abuse, obesity, and HIV/AIDS, the authors discuss how the psychological and emotional scarring of stigmatization can result on poor physical and mental health, and that health is ultimately best understood by using a framework that examines the interactions between human biology and the social environment. Given that recent research is showing the linkage between racism (and discrimination) and adverse health, this book is timely and highly informative. -- David Himmelgreen, University of South Florida

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