Canadian scholars
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
2010 staying alive 2e cvr
Canadian Scholars’ Press
496 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
April 2010
Print ISBN: 9781551303703
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Staying Alive provides a fresh perspective on health, health care, and illness that will be of interest to a wide range of readers in the fields of health studies, nursing, and social policy.

In addition to traditional health sciences and sociological approaches, the book provides human rights and political economy perspectives on health, focusing on Canada and the United States within an international context. This unique collection also includes chapters on pharmaceutical policy, social class, race, gender and care, the social construction of illness and disability, and approaches to promoting population health that include insights into the impact of economic forces such as globalization and privatization.

The second edition has been thoroughly updated and features a new chapter on research methodology; expanded discussions of inequality, women's health, public health and public policy; more material on First Nations health; and a new discussion of the historical development of the Canadian medicare system.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Gary Teeple

Part I: Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care
Chapter 1: Epidemiological Apporaches to Population Health - Stephen Bezruchka
Chapter 2: Sociological Perspectives on Health and Health Care - Ivy Lynn Bourgeault
Chapter 3: Health and Health Care: A Political Economy Perspective - David Coburn
Chapter 4: The Right to Health: Human Rights Approaches to Health - Marcia Rioux
Chapter 5: Researching Health: Knowledge Paradigms, Methodologies, and Methods - Toba Bryant, Dennis Raphael, and Marcia Rioux

Part II: Social Determinants of Health
Chapter 6: Social Determinants of Health: An Overview of Concepts and Issues - Dennis Raphael
Chapter 7: Social Class and Health Inequalities - Julie McMullin and Lorraine Davies
Chapter 8: Gender, Race, and Health Inequalities - Ann Pederson, Dennis Raphael, and Ellisa Johnson
Chapter 9: Politics, Public Policy, and Health Inequalities - Toba Bryant

Part III: Canada's Health Care System
Chapter 10: Cracks in the Foundation: The Origins and Development of the Canadian and American Health Care Systems - Georgina Feldberg, Robert Vipond, and Toba Bryant
Chapter 11: Evolution of Health Care Policy: Deconstructing Divergent Approaches - Mary E. Wiktorowicz
Chapter 12: The Provision of Care: Professions, Politics, and Profit - Ivy Lynn Bourgeault

Part IV: Critical Issues in Health, Illness, and Health Care
Chapter 13: Gender, Health, and Care - Pat Armstrong
Chapter 14: Constructing Disability and Illness - Marcia Rioux and Tamara Daly
Chapter 15: Pharmaceutical Policy: The Dance between Industry, Government, and the Medical Profession - Joel Lexchin
Chapter 16: The Political Economy of Public Health: Public Health Concerns in Canada, the U.S., U.K., Norway, and Sweden - Dennis Raphael and Toba Bryant
Chapter 17: Toward the Future: Current Themes in Health Research and Practice in Canada - Toba Bryant, Dennis Raphael, and Marcia Rioux

About the Contributors
Copyright Acknowledgments

Toba Bryant

Toba Bryant is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Author of An Introduction to Health Policy (2009) and co-editor of Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care (with Dennis Raphael and Marcia Rioux, 2010), she is also the author of several journal articles and book chapters, including recent publications in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes and Health Policy. Her research interests centre on the areas of health and social policy, globalization and the health of Canadians, social determinants of health, and urban health. Bryant is the recipient of several major research grants including a Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Institute of Population and Public Health grant for “Globalization and the Health of Canadians: A transdisciplinary research network” and a SSHRC Research Grant for “A Study on the Incidence and Management of Diabetes.”

An Introduction to Health Policy, Staying Alive, 2nd Edition, Health Policy in Canada, Second Edition

Dennis Raphael

Dennis Raphael is Professor of Health Policy and Management at York University, as well as the author of over 150 publications that speak to topics in public policy, poverty, and social determinants of health. One of CSPI’s top-selling authors, Raphael’s extensive list of publications includes Poverty in Canada (2011) and Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Canada (2010). He is the editor of Tackling Health Inequalities: Lessons from International Experiences (2012), Staying Alive: Critical Perspectives on Health, Illness, and Health Care (co-edited with Toba Bryant and Marcia Rioux, 2010), and Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives, Second Edition (2008). Raphael has received numerous awards for his esteemed work, including a Faculty of Health Research Award in the Established Career Category (2010) and over thirty research grants. In addition to his academic work, Raphael has published over a dozen articles in newspapers and magazines, including the Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Sun, and The Hamilton Spectator. A longtime community activist, Raphael has authored charters and community research manuals; he is also a member of various working groups and advisory committees.

Social Determinants of Health, 2nd Edition, Health Promotion and Quality of Life in Canada, Poverty in Canada, 2nd Edition, Social Determinants of Health, 3rd Edition, Staying Alive, 2nd Edition, Tackling Health Inequalities, Immigration, Public Policy, and Health

Marcia H. Rioux

Marcia H. Rioux is a Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University and Principal Investigator and Co-Director of Disability Rights Promotion International.

Disability, Rights Monitoring, and Social Change, Staying Alive, 2nd Edition


"By using broad methodological approaches, such as social epidemiology, critical sociology, and, more particularly, political economy and a human rights analysis, the authors included in this volume achieve incisive and novel insights in the study of health and health care. The book that follows, above all, provides us with critical methods to understand the health system, particularly in Canada, at this historical juncture."
—  Gary Teeple, Professor of Sociology, Simon Fraser University

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