Health and Social Welfare
The “health and social welfare cluster” focuses broadly on how structural, political, institutional, demographic, cultural, and environmental forces shape the policies, practices, and disparities of health, health care, and welfare.
How do processes of professionalization, capitalism, and medicalization change the local landscapes of health in different societies? How do state policies, market forces, and family structures interact to respond to social needs? How do demographic changes and social inequalities shape the patterns of population health? How do the sick or the unemployed draw on available cultural repertoires to construct or sustain their identities? Do their social or cultural capital – and possibly as a consequence, their coping mechanisms – differ by gender, race, or ethnicity? These and other related questions are topics of important debates among policy makers as well as sociologists. Our research in the “health and social welfare cluster” addresses these issues from both the macro and micro perspectives and includes works using diverse methodological approaches and theoretical lenses.
270 Social Demography and Population Health.
This course will cover theory and research on the three components of population change—mortality, fertility, and migration—in order to understand how populations grow and change in structure, composition, and distribution. Topics in population health will include social determinants of and social variation in health and mortality
295 Special Topics: Health, Culture, and Inequalities.
This course will examine how structural and cultural forces contribute to health disparities and, more broadly, shape groups’ and individuals’ lived experiences of health and illnesses. Key topics of the seminar include: the market-state-profession interactions shaping the US healthcare system; the processes and social consequences of medicalization; health disparities across gender, class, racial, and ethnic boundaries; the formation of illness identities and narratives outside of the clinic.
295 Special Topics: The Welfare State.
This course will examine health and other government policies, which attempt to provide protection against contingencies such as disability, sickness, old age, poverty, and unemployment; promote full employment; and foster greater equality among individuals and families, as well as classes, genders, and racial and ethnic groups. The course will examine the ways in which rich democracies provide for social needs through differing mixes of state, market and family, and examine the political forces behind the origins and development of welfare states.
People specializing in this area
Beamish, Thomas (Tom)
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