Health Sociology Review

Articles from Vol. 16, No. 1, April

A New Sociological Imperative: Towards Engaging with Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis
ABSTRACTPre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a controversial technology in which human embryos in vitro are genetically screened (via cell biopsy) prior to selection and transfer to the womb. A review of the non-sociological literature dealing...
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Attitudes concerning Euthanasia: Australia at the Turn of the 21st Century
ABSTRACTWith rapid developments in life-prolonging technologies and increases in average life expectancy, euthanasia has become an increasingly topical issue. This paper contributes to the euthanasia debate an analysis of Australian attitudes to assisted...
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Becoming a Smoker: Adapting Becker's Model of Deviance for Adolescent Smoking
ABSTRACTThis study examines attitudes to smoking among adolescents. Data for the study is derived from a large quantitative French cross-sectional survey of school students. Attitudes toward smoking were found to be associated with regularity and quantity...
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Breast Cancer and the Post-Surgical Body: Recovering the Self
BREAST CANCER AND THE POST-SURGICAL BODY: RECOVERING THE SELF Samantha Crompvoets Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2006, 177 pp, GBP 45, ISBN 1403999007This book sets out to explore the lived experience of Australian women who have ad breast cancer surgery,...
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Drugs, Clubs and Young People: Sociological and Public Health Perspectives
DRUGS, CLUBS AND YOUNG PEOPLE: SOCIOLOGICAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVES Bill Sanders (ed) Aldershot: Ashgate 2006, HB 200 pp, GBP 50, ISBN 0754646998This book brings together ten papers which aim to 'contextualise club drug use in the lives of ......
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Editorial
As this edition goes to press, a rather more important event (in the grand scheme of history) is taking place: the legislative approval of the ownership of private property in China. Given that it is a Friday evening, the building quiet, the editor all...
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Girls' Germs: Sexuality, Gender, Health and Metaphors of Contagion
ABSTRACTThe twentieth century has witnessed an epidemic of metaphors in our attempt to make sense of sexuality and sexual health. This paper explores some of those constructs in order to gain insights into how we think, and ultimately how we practice....
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Health Sociology: An Australian Perspective/health in Australia: Sociological Concepts and Issues
HEALTH SOCIOLOGY: AN AUSTRALIAN PERSPECTIVE David Gray Frenchs Forest NSW: Pearson Education Australia 2006, PB 312 pp, AUD 59.95, ISBN 1741032369HEALTH IN AUSTRALIA: SOCIOLOGICAL CONCEPTS AND ISSUES Carol Grbich (ed) Frenchs Forest NSW-. Pearson Education...
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Integration and Diversification in Healthcare: Financial Performance and Implications for Medicare
ABSTRACTThis exploratory study compares the financial performance of all companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange pursuing vertical or virtual integration, horizontal integration or diversification in the pathology, diagnostic imaging and general...
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Realworld Evaluation: Working under Budget, Time, Data, and Political Constraints
REALWORLD EVALUATION: WORKING UNDER BUDGET, TIME, DATA, AND POLITICAL CONSTRAINTS Michael Bamberger, Jim Rugh and Linda Mabry Thousand Oaks CA: Sage Publications 2006, PB xxxii + 468 pp, AUD 44.95, ISBN 1412909465The last two years have seen a flowering...
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The Impact of Co-Option on Herbalism: A Bifurcation in Epistemology and Practice
ABSTRACTThis paper examines the primarily sociological and anthropological literature that discusses the current challenges posed by the 'modernisation' of herbal knowledge through its co-option by biomedicine. Through this examination we identify evidence...
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The Life-Extension Project: A Sociological Critique
In this article we explore and critically assess recent developments in biogerontology which promise a delaying of the ageing process in human beings through some form of significant 'life-extension'. Various arguments for prolonging the human life span...
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