Health Introduction

The Sociology of Health looks at how social life and society impact on the health of individuals. It considers, for example, how what we define as ‘healthy’ and ‘normal’ rather than ‘sick’ or ‘abnormal’ is socially determined.

Sociology of Health

There is a wide range of background material on medical sociology to be found on the BSA website here:

Discover More The Development of Medical Sociology in Britain

This section begins by covering key areas in the social construction of health. This includes defining health and wellbeing, the biomedical model, the social health model, the healthcare system and the social model of disability. Next this area covers the unequal distribution health chances. Here it focuses on what are health chances? Then, social class and health, deprivation and conception, ethnicity and health inequalities, international comparisons, clinical commissioning groups and inequalities in access. Next we offer resources on the nature and distribution of mental health. Here we cover: cultural differences in mental health and adolescent mental health. Finally we focus on the global pharmaceutical industry. we offer material covering the selection and presentation of the content of the news. Here we consider how the news distorts our worldview, followed the case of the Chinese media and Hong Kong protests, and then we tackle the issue of setting the agenda. Then we look at media representations of ethnicity and Islamophobia, followed by gender representations, and then in more detail gender representations and the 2015 General Election and the media and older women. Finally we look at the relationship between the media and its audiences by considering media violence, children and advertising, models of media influence, and finally, the media, folk devils and moral panics.

More Resources from Discovering Sociology

How The News Distorts Our Worldview

After watching this talk, students could conduct their own content analysis of British newspap...


The Chinese Media and Hong Kong Protests

With this background information provided, students could be tasked with researching and produ...


Globalisation or Americanisation?

Students could use this material, their own experiences and independent research to write a re...


Setting the Agenda

Who sets the news agenda? This Radio 4 news programme provides a thorough and well-explained o...


Media Introduction

‘Media’ is a popular topic that has featured on A-level (and similar) Sociology courses for ma...


Media Representation, Ethnicity and Islamophobia

Representation needs to be understood as a process of re-presenting. A process by which cultur...


Key Definitions and Audience Engagement

So what are, or is, ‘the media’? ‘Media’ is the plural of the word &ls...


The Concentration of Power

The documentary below examines the concentration of media ownership in the US. After watching ...


The Impact of New Media

This podology resource provides some valuable examples of the ways in which new media can be s...


Gender Representations

This detailed slide presentation examines the representation of men and women in the media and ha...


Gender Representations and the 2015 General Election

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister for Scotland, endured perhaps some of the most sexist media se...