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Health as a Social Experience is a text for beginning students in health subjects who seek to understand the social forces that affect individual and population health. It offers a thorough examination of social determinants of health, starting with those related to individuals and expanding to the deeper structures of society and the complex question of choice. Drawing on recent research and real-world case studies, it offers students a gateway into the field and insight into the issues faced by health professionals when working with the public and society.

Key features: 

  • Divided into a three-part structure focusing on individual, communal and social determinants of health, this book provides a logical progression from topics most easily related to by students to those more difficult and abstract, building knowledge in an engaging way.
  • Inclusion of a chapter on the complex issue of choice, which addresses the common misconceptions about people’s ability to make beneficial health choices.
  • With a focus on Australian examples and case studies, as well as important international examples, this book is highly relevant to Australian students in all disciplines of health while also addressing important and interesting global issues.
  • Independent research exercises and study questions encourage students to engage in critical thinking, improve their understanding and help them prepare for work in health care.


Rebecca Fanany and David Fanany

Rebecca Fanany is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. Her background and training is in the field of Public Health and she has worked in compliance and training in the United States and Australia at both the state and federal levels.

David Fanany teaches in the School of Human Biosciences and Public Health at La Trobe University. His training is in the fields of Biomedical Engineering and Public Health.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 Introduction
  • Chapter 2 Language
  • Chapter 3 Culture
  • Chapter 4 Race and ethnicity
  • Chapter 5 Gender
  • Chapter 6 Education and technology
  • Chapter 7 Socioeconomic status and work
  • Chapter 8 The living environment
  • Chapter 9 Politics
  • Chapter 10 Social structures and health care
  • Chapter 11 Social norms
  • Chapter 12 Globalisation of the economy
  • Chapter 13 Supranational trends
  • Chapter 14 Choice


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