Drs Aneshensel and Plelan have edited an encyclopedic handbook reviewing the current status of the sociology of mental health, a topic that has been underrepresented in the psychiatric literature in recent years. As no comprehensive review of this volume is possible, we focus on 3 questions: (1) What are the key organizing principles for the handbook? (2) What are the themes that order the selected topics discussed in the 28 chapters in the book? (3) What are the implications of this volume for the future of inquiry into how the social environment effects our understanding of mental health?
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