Society, Culture and Health introduces sociology to students studying nursing and related health professions. It examines the sources of ideas about health and illness, including the biomedical model, folk and lay approaches and the influence of the media, and covers the impact on health of social marginalisation through a careful examination of structural variables. The experiences of health and illness are explained through a theoretical analysis of the body in contemporary society, covering issues such as chronic illness and disability. Thoroughly revised and updated this edition gives an overview of the role of nursing within the health care system and its relationship with medicine and alternative health practices. Taking a practical approach, and using case studies to examine a range of issues such as domestic violence, occupational health, indigenous health and refugee health, it prepares students for working in health professions which are wide-ranging in settings, systems and clients. New to this Edition: New chapters on gender and sexuality; culture and ethnicity; aging, health and inequality; and power and responsibility in health care encounters. A variety of new case studies that cover a range of experiences and situations alongside the original running case study that follows Julia as she embarks upon her nursing career. More in-depth discussion about class and gender Covers ethnicity, refugee health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, the role of the media in health and chronic illness, amongst others. Contrasts sociological and biomedical approaches and examines lay perceptions of health, including cross cultural and indigenous health beliefs.