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Module Reading List

Health and Society, 2019/20, Semester 2
Catherine Bates
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Reading List

The following are resources you could ‘skim and scan’ in relation to each topic on the module and will be useful when planning your essay and when revising for your exam. This is a sample reading list – there will be an updated and growing reading list on the VLE.

Introduction to Health Studies

Warwick-Booth, L et al. 2012. Contemporary health studies : an introduction ISBN: 9780745650227 (pbk.) : £19.99; 9780745650210 (cased) : £64.99; 074565021X (cased) : £64.99; 0745650228 (pbk.) : £19.99. Cambridge: Polity.

I recommend this as a key text for this module.

Naidoo, J and Wills, J. 2008. Health Studies: An Introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Public health

Griffiths S and Hunter D.  2006. New perspectives in public health ISBN: 1857757912 (pbk.) : £29.95 . Abingdon : Radcliffe

Killoran A et al (Eds.) 2006. Public health evidence : tackling health inequalities ISBN: 0198520832 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780198520832 (pbk. : alk. paper)

Porter, D. 1999. Health, civilization, and the state : a history of public health from ancient to modern times ISBN: 0415200369 (pbk ; hbk); 0415122449 . London: Routledge.

S (eds) 2007. Public health : social context and action ISBN: 0335221505; 9780335221509 . Maidenhead : Open University Press

Health Promotion

Green, J et al. 2015. Health Promotion: Planning and Strategies. Los Angeles: Sage.

Snelling, A. 2014. Introduction to health promotion [electronic resource] ISBN: 9781118455289 90 (NL). [Online]. New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Health Psychology

Abraham, C. et al. 2016. Health Psychology. [Online]. Abingdon; New York: Routledge.

Morrison, V. and Bennett, P. An Introduction to Health Psychology. [Online] Harlow: Pearson Education.

Taylor, S. 2012. Health Psychology. New York: McGraw Hill.

Sociological perspectives in health

Bradby, H. 2012. Medicine, health and society: a critical sociology . London: Sage.

Bury, M. and Gabe, J. 2004. The sociology of health and illness : a reader ISBN: 0415257565 (papercover : alk. paper); 0415257557 (hardcover : alk. paper). London: Routledge.

Morrall P. 2009. Sociology and health : an introduction  2nd edition. Abingdon. Routledge

Nettleton, S. 2006. The sociology of health and illness . 2nd edition.Cambridge : Polity

Taylor S and Field D. 2007.  Sociology of health and health care . 4th editon.Oxford : Blackwell Science

White, K. 2009. An Introduction to the Sociology of Health and Illness . London: SAGE.

Health and inequality

Alcock, P. 2006. Understanding Poverty, 3rd edition, Basingstoke: Palgrave

Dorling, D. et al. 2000. The ghost of Christmas past: health effects of poverty in 1896 and 1991. British medical journal. ISSN: 0959-8138; 1468-5833; 0959-8146; 0959-8154; 0959-535X; 1756-1833. 321 (7276). pp.1547-1551.

Gordon, D. et al. 2000. Poverty and social exclusion in Britain . York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Graham, Hilary. 2009. Understanding Health Inequalities. Maidenhead; New York: Open University Press.

Lister, R. 2004. Poverty, Cambridge: Polity Press.

New Economics Foundation. 2012. Beyond Beveridge: A New Economics Vision of a New Social Settlement , London: NEF. Available from:

Pitts, M and Phillips, K. 1998. The Psychology of Health. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.

Rowlingson, K. and McKay, S. 2012. Wealth and the wealthy: exploring and tackling inequalities between rich and poor., Bristol: The Policy Press

Smith, K. E. et al. eds. 2015. Health inequalities : critical perspectives ISBN: 9780198703358 paperback; 9780191008481 (ebk.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Spicker, P. 2007. The idea of poverty ISBN: 1861348886 (pbk.); 1861348894 (hard); 9781861348890 (hard); 9781861348883 (pbk.). Bristol: The Policy Press .

Wilkinson, R and Pickett K. 2010. The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone. London; New York: Penguin Books.

Wistow, J. Studying health inequalities : an applied approach ISBN: 9781447305279 (pbk.) : £24.99; 9781447305286 (hbk.) : £70.00. Bristol: Policy Press.

Mental Health

Cochrane, R. 1983. The social creation of mental illness ISBN: 0582296137 (pbk) . London: Longman.

Foucault, M. 2003. The Birth of the Clinic: An Archaeology of Medical Perception . London: Routledge.

Foucault, M. 2006. History of Madness. London: Routledge

Rogers, A., and Pilgrim, D. 2010. A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness . McGraw-Hill International.

Roth, I. (Ed. ) 1990. The Open University's introduction to psychology ISBN: 0863771386 (v.1 pbk); 086377136X (v.1); 0863771394 (v.2 pbk). Hove: Erlbaum, in association with the Open University.

Tyrer, P. 2013. Models for mental disorder: conceptual models in psychiatry. 5th edition. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

Disability Studies

Adams, R et al. 2015. Keywords for disability studies ISBN: 9781479839520 (pb : alk. paper); 9781479841158 (cl : alk. paper). New York: New York University Press.

Davis, L.J. 2010. The Disability Studies Reader. New York; London: Routledge.

Watson, N et al. 2012. Routledge Handbook of Disability Studies. [Online] London: Routledge.

Health Policy

Crinson, I. 2009. Health policy : a critical perspective ISBN: 9781412922869 (hbk.) : £60.00; 1412922860 (hbk.) : £60.00; 9781412922876 (pbk.) : £19.99; 1412922879 (pbk.) : £19.99. London: Sage.

Ham, C. 2009. Health Policy in Britain. 6th edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Hann, A. ed. 2007. Health Policy and Politics. [Online]. Aldershot; Burlington: Ashgate.

This list was last updated on 07/02/2019