Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
Systems Theory and the Sociology of Health and Illness: Observing Healthcare

Systems Theory and the Sociology of Health and Illness: Observing Healthcare (Hardback)

£110.00
Printed to order. Despatched in 2-3 weeks.
Email me when back in stock

Synopsis

Modern societies and organizations are characterized by multiple kinds of observations, systems, or rationalities, rather than singular identities and clear hierarchies. This holds true for healthcare where we find a range of different perspectives - from medicine to education, from science to law, from religion to politics - brought together in different types of arrangements. This innovative volume explores how this polycontexturality plays out in the healthcare arena. Drawing on systems theory, and Luhmann's theory of social systems as communicative systems in particular, the contributors investigate how things - drugs, for example - and bodies are observed and constructed in different ways under polycontextural conditions. They explore how the different types of communication and observation are brought into workable arrangements - without becoming identical or reconciled - and discuss how health care organizations observe their own polycontexturality. Providing an analysis of healthcare structures that is up to speed with the complexity of healthcare today, this book shows how society and its organizations simultaneously manage contexts that do not fit together.

It is an important work for those with an interest in health and illness, social theory, Niklas Luhmann, organizations and systems theory from a range of backgrounds including sociology, health studies, political science and management.

Medical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesMedical sociologyMedical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesPublic health & preventive medicinePersonal & public healthPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesIllness & addiction: social aspects Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Publication Date: 28/10/2014 ISBN-13: 9781138794917  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Printed to order. Despatched in 2-3 weeks.  

Morten Knudsen has been working with systems theory and healthcare organizations for more than 15 years. He has studied decision-making, the organization of patient participation, standardization and leadership development programmes within healthcare organizations. He currently holds the position of associate professor in organizational analysis, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School. Werner Vogd is a professor in sociology. His research fields are sociological theory, sociology of organizations, medical sociology, sociology of religion and sociology of knowledge at the Fakultat fur Kulturreflexion, University Witten/Herdecke.

More books by Morten Knudsen

More books by Werner Vogd

Leave Review

Delivery

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Standard Delivery FREE FREE 3-5 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Food Insecurity & Disease
(Hardback)
Rubem Dalca
 
 
£160.99
 

Currently out of stock

Materialities of Sex in a Time of ...
(Hardback)
Annette-Carina Van Der Zaag
 
 
£85.00
 
Teenage Pregnancy and Young...
(Paperback)
Alison Hadley
 
 
£24.99
 
Reversibility of Chronic Disease and...
(Hardback)
William J. Rea; Kalpana D. Patel
 
 
£159.00
 
Latest Blog
#FoylesFive: Foreign Languages Part Two
13/12/2017

Our knowledgeable Languages Department have put together a great selection of books, to help share the magic of reading in every language. Here are their Dutch, Russian and Polish selections.

#FoylesFive: The Last Jedi
12/12/2017

As Star Wars: The Last Jedi drops out of hyperspace and into a cinema near you, Matt from our Web Team gives us his selection of the best Last Jedi books.

#FoylesFive: Foreign Languages Part One
08/12/2017

Our knowledgeable and fabulous Languages Department have put together a great selection of books, to help share the magic of reading in every language. First up we have books in Italian, Portugese and Swedish.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd