Engaging ideas, transforming minds
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Canadian Scholars
Health Studies
496 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
December 2019
Print ISBN: 9781773381305


Now in its third edition, Staying Alive provides readers with a fresh perspective on health, health care, and illness in Canada and abroad. Aiming to bring about positive change to these health care systems and grounded in a human rights approach to health, this unique collection includes chapters on the social construction of illness and disability, social determinants of health, and current critical issues in the field. The third edition has been thoroughly updated and includes recent national and international developments in health care, with current world statistics and an emphasis on austerity-related changes and their effects on health and health care systems. This vital resource includes chapters on pharmaceutical policy, social class, women’s health, Indigenous people’s health, and insight into the impact of economic forces such as globalization and privatization in health care. Packed with recommended readings and websites, critical thinking questions, and a glossary, this essential text is an invaluable read for undergraduate students, educators, and practitioners in health studies, nursing, and public health programs.

Table of Contents

Gary Teeple


Part I: Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care

Chapter 1: Epidemiological Approaches to Population Health
Stephen Bezruchka

Chapter 2: Sociological Perspectives on Health and Health Care
Ivy Lynn Bourgeault

Chapter 3: Political Economy Perspectives on Health and Health Care
Dennis Raphael and Toba Bryant

Chapter 4: The Right to Health: Human Rights Approaches to Health
Marcia Rioux

Chapter 5: Researching Health: Knowledge Perspectives, Methodologies, and Methods
Toba Bryant, Dennis Raphael, and Marcia Rioux

Part II: Social Determinants of Health

Chapter 6: Social Determinants of Health
Dennis Raphael

Chapter 7: Social Class and Health Inequalities
Ambreen Sayani

Chapter 8: Shifting Vulnerabilities: Gender, Ethnicity/Race, and Health Inequities in Canada
Ann Pederson and Stefanie Machado

Chapter 9: Politics, Public Policy, and Population Health
Toba Bryant

Part III: Canada’s Healthcare System

Chapter 10: Cracks in the Foundation: The Origins and Development of the Canadian and American Health Care Systems
Georgina Feldberg, Robert Vipond, and Toba Bryant

Chapter 11: Evolution of Healthcare Policy: Deconstructing Divergent Approaches
Mary E. Wiktorowicz and Michelle Wyndham-West

Chapter 12: The Provision of Care: Professions, Politics, and Profit
Ivy Lynn Bourgeault

Part IV: Critical Issues in Health, Illness, and Health Care

Chapter 13: Women, Health, and Care
Pat Armstrong

Chapter 14: Constructing Disability and Illness
Marcia Rioux and Tamara Daly

Chapter 15: Pharmaceutical Policy: The Dance between Industry, Government, and the Medical Profession
Joel Lexchin

Chapter 16: The Political Economy of Public Health: Public Health Concerns in Canada, the U.S., U.K., Norway, and Sweden
Dennis Raphael and Toba Bryant

Chapter 17: Toward the Future: Current Themes in Health Research and Practice in Canada
Toba Bryant, Dennis Raphael, and Marcia Rioux

About the Contributors

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