Policy Press

Healthy Societies

Policy, Practice and Obstacles

By Graham Scambler

Published

Sep 6, 2024

Page count

224 pages

Browse the series

21st Century Standpoints

ISBN

978-1447370956

Dimensions

216 x 240 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Sep 6, 2024

Page count

224 pages

Browse the series

21st Century Standpoints

ISBN

978-1447375302

Dimensions

216 x 240 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Sep 6, 2024

Page count

224 pages

Browse the series

21st Century Standpoints

ISBN

978-1447370963

Dimensions

216 x 240 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
Healthy Societies

Can society be healthy, and how? Is Britain a ‘healthy society’ in the 21st century?

When people ponder health, they usually consider the health of the individual, but individuals co-exist in a social environment so attention should be placed on the health of communities and populations.

Re-examining health, healthcare and societal health using the latest data and research, this book provides a clear, accessible account of the current state of play. Addressing definitions of health in individuals, communities and populations, definitions of society itself, changes in health over time and the contribution of healthcare to health and longevity, it also suggests ways of effectively tackling obstacles to improving health and healthcare in 21st century Britain.

Graham Scambler is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at UCL and founding co-editor of the journal Social Theory & Health. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK. His career has been committed to teaching and researching on health and healthcare and he has written many books, chapters and journal articles on these issues.

Introduction

1. The Healthy Society

2. Social Conditions and Health Inequalities

3. Markets, Profits and Healthcare

4. The Structure/Culture Axis

5. Covid-19 and the Fractured Society

6. The Challenge of Global Inequality in the Anthropocene

7. Planet Earth

8. War

9. Why Theory Matters

10. A Theoretical Framework for Achieving the Healthy Society

11. Policy, Practice and Obstacles

12.The Future: Whither Sociology?