Health essay - Skylar Hochberg Sjh49 Final Essay Question#3 Section 01 In his “Promise of Sociology” C Wright Mills divides “problems” into

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Skylar Hochberg Final Essay Question #3 Sjh49 Section: 01 In his “Promise of Sociology” C. Wright Mills divides “problems” into two categories; personal troubles of the social milieu and public issues of social structure. Many problems can be classified as either a personal trouble or a public issue, but what about health? Is the problem of high mortality rates and low life expectancy within American an issue or a trouble? A majority of society would say that health is an individual trouble; however health seems to transcend the trouble/issue barrier. Depending on one’s viewpoint it can be viewed as either a trouble or an issue, and each perspective has different and distinct societal repercussions. Richard Wilkinson once said that society is the primary source of individual health. i Wilkinson is saying that health, or the lack there of, is a public issue rather than an individual trouble. Wilkinson’s argument is supported by a study conducted by Lantz et al, which discovered that socio-economic standing had a larger net effect on mortality rates and life expectancy than individual health risk behaviors, such as smoking or obesity. This is attributed to the fact that those who were poor were more likely to engage
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2007 for the course D SOC 101 taught by Professor Hirschl,t. during the Fall '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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Health essay - Skylar Hochberg Sjh49 Final Essay Question#3 Section 01 In his “Promise of Sociology” C Wright Mills divides “problems” into

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