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Social institutions: Health and medicine AMM QUAMRUZZAMAN SOCI 210: SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES MAY 25, 2017
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Lecture Outline What is health? The social construction of health. The social determinants of health. Global health: problems. Different perspectives on health: Functionalism Symbolic interactionism Conflict theory Postmodernism. 2
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Health: “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WHO 1948). Medical sociology: the systematic study of how humans manage issues of health and illness, disease and disorders, and health care for both the sick and the healthy. Social epidemiology: the study of the causes and distribution of diseases over the globe. How social problems are connected to the health of different populations across the globe. What is Health? 3
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