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Sociology for Midwives EDITED BY RUTH DEERY, ELAINE DENNY & GAYLE LETHERBY University of the West of Scotland; Birmingham City University; University of Plymouth ‘Readers who are new to the sociology of maternity care will find ample material to excite and engage them. Those who already have dipped into this vast and fascinating field will find new applications, angles and perspectives that can cast a fresh light on why we do what we do in maternity care, and that provide possible routes for positive change in the future.’ Soo Downe, University of Central Lancashire The study of sociology is now an essential part of all midwifery training, but it can often seem removed from the reality of midwifery practice. Midwives often ask: what is sociology? Why do I need sociology to be a midwife? How can sociology help improve my clinical practice? This major new textbook answers these important questions and shows how sociology can inform the practice of midwifery in the twenty-first century. It provides a comprehensive, jargon-free introduction to sociology for midwifery students with no prior knowledge of the subject, as well as practising midwives with experience of dealing with sociological issues in their daily work. Although the book assumes little or no previous knowledge of sociology it provides enough depth to meet the needs of those with some background in the field. At every stage the links between sociology and everyday practice are emphasized and explained, using a wealth of case studies and examples. The book provides:  clearly defined learning aims and objectives;  structured activities and questions for discussion;  a glossary of key sociological concepts;  annotated suggestions for further reading. The editors and contributors have considerable experience teaching sociology at diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels to students from many different disciplines. This book will be an indispensable teaching aid within midwifery education, and other relevant health and social care disciplines. 246 x 171mm / 336 pages / 2015 978-0-7456-6280-0 hb £60.00, $79.95, €87.90 978-0-7456-6281-7 pb £19.99, $34.95, €28.90

Sociology for Nurses Third Edition EDITED BY ELAINE DENNY, SARAH EARLE & ALISTAIR HEWISON Birmingham City University; Open University; University of Birmingham Sociology for Nurses has become a leading textbook and an invaluable companion for students wishing to get to grips with how sociology can positively transform professional nursing practice. This thoroughly revised new edition maintains its commitment to providing jargon-free explanations of sociological theories and evidence to show how studying sociology can be useful in all branches of nursing. Readers will develop a clear understanding of what sociology is and why it is essential to practice, gain deeper awareness of social issues such as gender, ethnicity, class and the life course, and become more familiar with the social contexts of health policy and nursing as a profession. With updates in every chapter, the third edition includes a new chapter on research methods, a reorganized collection of chapters on health policy, extended coverage of long-term illness and disability, as well as contemporary case studies on topical healthcare issues such as dementia, the ‘obesity epidemic’ and recent attempts to integrate health and social care. In addition, the book provides clearly defined learning aims, a useful glossary of sociological concepts, structured activities and questions for discussion, and annotated suggestions for further reading. The editors and contributing authors to the book have a wealth of experience teaching sociology to nurses at diploma and degree pre-registration and post-registration levels. Their book will continue to spark interest and debate among all student nurses, particularly those approaching sociology for the first time. 246 x 171mm / 384 pages / Apr 2016 UK / Jun 2016 US 978-1-5095-0540-1 hb £65.00, $84.95, €93.90 978-1-5095-0541-8 pb £19.99, $34.95, €28.90 ebook available

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