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Sociology for midwives

Midwives magazine: October/November 2009

By Carol Kingdon
Quay Books
ISBN: 9781856423397

Reviewed by Gail Johnson

Sociology for midwives
This book focuses on sociological theories, concepts and issues that are very relevant to midwifery care and practice. No assumptions of any previous knowledge of sociology are made and the first chapter clearly introduces the subject and the key figures that have helped develop sociology as a discipline.

Both classical and contemporary theories are discussed and some examples that midwives can relate to are given. This book is essential reading for midwives and other professionals working in partnership with women and their families. It provides useful and practical information that will help the reader learn and critically think about different types of social phenomena. It clarifies the differences between sociology, psychology and anthropology. It is written in an authoritative and original style, which is jargon free and covers all the core topics that relate to sociology and midwifery. A useful glossary is included and up-to-date references are given at the end of each chapter. 

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