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In this final article on sociology we focus on one issue which is central to health and health care--risk--and consider the contribution of sociology to an understanding of the ways in which risk is perceived and managed.
In the first of a six-part series the sociological theories of Karl Marx are examined and related to the purported neutrality of medicine. The role of nursing within a Marxist analysis of the world is considered, and the value of such analysis is described.
This second paper of six on the application of sociology in health care considers the work of Emile Durkheim. He was concerned with the production of social order through relationships and shared values. Durkheim conceived social phenomena as 'social facts' which could be studied, and his treatment of suicide as a case study of social fact is discussed… (More)
This article looks at the less well known casualties of some family breakdowns; grandparents who have lost contact with grandchildren on the divorce, death or separation of the parents or on the placing of their grandchildren in the care of the local authority. Although health visitors may feel their immediate concern is with the children and parents in… (More)
Nurses working in accident and emergency (A&E) departments near to Higher Education Institutions will be familiar with students attending as the result of sports injuries, and as the consequence of a range of accidents stemming from over-enthusiastic socializing. However, a number of students arrive at A&E departments in distress as the result of mental… (More)
The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 will be implemented in England and Wales in 2007 and have consequences for dietitians who work with people who may lack capacity to make specific decisions. This paper will explore issues arising from the introduction of the Act and considers the implications for dietitians involved in the delivery of clinical care, using… (More)
Acknowledgements This booklet would not have been possible without the support of many friends and colleagues. First of all, we would like to thank the FIG-Commission 7, its delegates, and the many working group members in their continuing support for our work. We always achieved a lot during the annual meetings of the Commission , which were also very… (More)
Modern cities depend on individualism and the process of contracting. Contracts between individuals contribute to stability and order in cities. However, this is challenged by risks and uncertainties especially those relating to vulnerable individuals who are unable or unwilling to enter into contractual relations. This paper focuses on the role of caring… (More)
The final paper of our series on principal figures in sociology examines the work of Anthony Giddens, a British sociologist who is still working. Major components of his analysis of late 20th century life are discussed.