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Canadian Scholars’ Press
496 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
April 2010
Print ISBN: 9781551303703


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 Approaches 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 an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University, whose topics of interest include health and social policy, globalization, the health of Canadians, social determinants of health, and urban health.

An Introduction to Health Policy, Staying Alive, Second Edition, Health Policy in Canada, Second Edition, Staying Alive, Third Edition, The Politics of Health in the Canadian Welfare State

Marcia Rioux

Marcia Rioux is a Senior Scholar and Distinguished Research Professor Emerita in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University. She is the Co-Director of Disability Rights Promotion International, and was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2014 for her work on international human rights, health, and monitoring.

Disability, Rights Monitoring, and Social Change, Staying Alive, Second Edition, Staying Alive, Third 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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