The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society

The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society

Online ISBN: 9781118410868

DOI: 10.1002/9781118410868

Editor(s): Editor in Chief: William C. Cockerham, Co-editors: Robert Dingwall and Stella R. Quah

About this Book

Featuring more than 700 entries across 20 sub-disciplines, this encyclopedia offers the first comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and international reference work on all aspects of the social scientific study of health and illness.

  • Represents the most authoritative resource covering concepts, theories, and substantive topics relating to the study of health in our globalized, 21st-century world
  • Brings together an experienced author team from across America, Asia, and Europe, who represent a variety of health-related disciplines
  • Accessibly structured A to Z entries also benefit from brief bibliographies and cross-references for enhanced clarity
  • Offers a definitive representation of each topic, combining different areas of the social scientific study of health in a way that reflects and promotes the interdisciplinary development of health research


“All the essays are clearly written, and should be comprehensible by the average social sciences undergraduate. The editing, binding and presentation are excellent. All libraries catering for academic courses in the social sciences would benefit from having a copy.” (Reference Reviews, 1 December 2014)

"The focus on relating social and behavioral factors to a variety of health issues distinguishes this work from other encyclopedias. This distinctive work offers a global perspective beneficial to students and professionals in social and behavioral sciences, medicine, public health, nursing, and other health-related fields. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers." (Choice, 1 September 2014)

“The relationship between health and social and environmental factors is well documented, and this new encyclopedia explores the issue in depth. . . The writing style and reading levels are clearly aimed at academics, but undergraduate students and interested members of the general public will also gain knowledge from this encyclopedia. Academic libraries supporting programs in the health and social sciences will find this set particularly useful since there is little else that looks at health in this manner.” (Booklist, 15 April 2014)