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Module Reading List

Health and Society, 2021/22, Semester 2
Lisa Matera
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Introduction to Health Studies

Community Development and Health. 2017. Models of health fact sheet. [Online]. [Accessed 20/01/21]. Available from 

Hubler,  M. et al, 2011. How should we define health? In British Medical Journal, 343 (7817), p.d4163-237  

Murtschukart, J. 2021. The Age of Fitness: How the Body Came to Symbolize Success and Achievement. Cambridge: Polity Press. 

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.      OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (MAA 13/01/2021)  I recommend this as a key text for this module.

Warwick-Booth, L et al. 2021.Contemporary health studies: an introduction. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Polity          Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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

Royal College of Nursing.2012. Health inequalities and the social determinants of health. London: Royal College of Nursing. 


Health and inequality

Appleby, J and Deeming, C. 2001. Inverse Care Law. [Online] [ Accessed 15/12/2021] Available from  

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

Haim and Dorling (2019), The cuts and poor health: when and how can we say that one thing causes another? in Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine,  11 (6), pp  199-202. available:

Dorling, D. et al. 2000. The ghost of Christmas past: health effects of poverty in 1896 and 1991British medical journal. . 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.

Marmot, M et al, 2020, Health Inequity in England; The Marmot Review Ten Years On. The Health Foundation. Available from  


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 Health2nd 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 . Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Spicker, P. 2007. The idea of poverty . Bristol: The Policy Press .

United Nations Council, 2019. Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on his visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. United Nations.

Watt, G. 2018. The inverse care law revisited: a continuing blot on the record of the National Health Service. British Journal of General Practice 68 (677): 562-563. Available from

     Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Wistow, J. Studying health inequalities : an applied approach . Bristol: Policy Press.



Covid and health inequalities

Emmel, N. 2021. Distrust, the vaccine and Covid-19. [Online]. [Accessed 27/01/2021] Available from 

Deaton, A. 2021.  The state of inequality. [Podcast]. [Online]. [Accessed 15/12/21]. Available from  

Kings Fund. 2020. Covid-19, racism- health inequality.  [Podcast]. [Online]. [Accessed 15/12/21] Available from

Office for National Statistics , 2020.Corona virus related deaths by ethnic group. [Online]. [Accessed 20/01/21]. Available from

Riley, M. 2020. Health inequality and COVID-19: the culmination of two centuries of social murder. In British Journal of General Practice70 (697): 397. Available from:

The Health Foundation. 2020. Build Back Fairer: The Covid-19 Marmot Review. The Health Foundation available from 



Health Policy

Alcock, C, Payne, S, Sullivan M, 2000, Introducing Social Policy. Essex: Pearson.

Crinson, I. 2009. Health policy : a critical perspective . London: Sage.

Fraser, D. 2003. The evolution of the British welfare state. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

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

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

Harrison and MacDonald, 2008, The Politics of Healthcare in Britain, London: Sage Publication.

Jones, K. 2000. The making of social policy in Britain. Third edition. London: the Athlone Press.

Lister, J. 2008. The NHS after 60: For Patients or for Profit? London: Middlesex University Press.      Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Powell & Hewitt, 2002, Welfare State and Welfare Change, Buckingham, Open University Press.


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 . London: Routledge.

Conrad, P. and Barker, K. 2010. The Social Construction of Illness: Key Insights and Policy Implications. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 51 (Extra Issue), pp. S67-S79.

Foucault, M. 1975. The Birth of the Clinic: An Archaeology of Medical Perception. New York: Vintage.

Goffman, E. 1963. Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

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

Nettleton, S. 2013. The sociology of health and illness . 3rd edition.Cambridge : Polity   

Samson, C. ed. 1999. Health Studies: A Critical and Cross-Cultural Reader. Oxford: Blackwell.

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.


Public health

CDC Foundation, 2021, What is Public Health. [Available Online:]. [Accessed 2/3/2021]

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.

Scriven, Angela and Garman, Sebastian (eds). 2007. Public health : social context and action ISBN: 0335221505; 9780335221509 . Maidenhead : Open University Press.


Health Promotion

Baum and Fisher, 2014. Why behavioral health promotion endures despite it’s  failure to reduce health inequities. Sociology of Health & Illness Vol. 36 No. 2 pp. 213–225.  

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.

Pitts, M. & Phillips, K. 1998. 2nd Ed.  The Psychology of Health: An Introduction. London, New York, Routledge.   Available online.   

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


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.

Burch, L, 2020. Experiience of everyday hate and hate crime in the lives of disabled people. University of Leeds. [Online] [Accessed 4 May 2021]  Available from 

Leonard Cheshire, 2020. Reports of violent disability hate crime continue to rise. [Online] [Accessed 4 May 2021] Available from].

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

Goering, S. 2015. Rethinking disability: the social model of disability and chronic disease. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 8. pp. 134-138.

Oliver, M 1983. Social Work with Disabled People. Basingstoke: Macmillan. 

Oliver, M. The social model of disability: thirty years on. Disability and Society. 28 (7). pp. 1024-1026.

Shakespeare, T. (2013) The social model of disability in L.J. Davis, The Disability Studies Reader, 4th ed, London, Routledge, pp 214-222,

Shannon, B.  2007. Bill Shannon: Dancing with Crutches. [Online] [Accessed 22.04.2017] Available from:

Taylor, R. R. 2005. Can the social model explain all of disability experience? Perspectives of persons with chronic fatigue syndrome. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy. September/October. 59 (5). pp. 497-506. 

Thomas C. 2010. Medical sociology and disability theory. In: G. Scambler and S. Scambler. Eds. New Directions in the Sociology of Chronic and Disabiling Conditions: Assaults on the Lifeworld. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, pp. 37-56.

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



Organisation's websites that will help you with independent research on various topics of the module

Child Poverty Action Group  

Leeds Poverty Truth

Leonard Cheshire (Disability organisation)

Royal Society of Public Health   

The Health Foundation (Health care)  

The Kings Fund (Health inequalities) 

World Health Organisation




This list was last updated on 02/02/2022