Soc of med 4/17
-sociotechnical systems for processing patients:
-dual chain of command
hospitals are interconnected to make transportation of patients easier.
Organization chart: CEOs have more power than
Know objectivist and constructivist view
Social problems theory better things in society than problems
- Production of studies, sociological research of social concerns
Objectivist: things that cause harm to people. actual causes of illness.
Sociology of medicine 2/27
How does a problem get defined as a medical problem?
Social problems theory
Two contrasting views
Objectivist views of social problems:
Conditions and situations exist in societies that objectively
Soc of med
Emile Durkheim (1858-1917)
period of social change: normlessness
social integration and health
Medicalization: Rise of a Perspective
Social control and deviance: how people control
Managing deviance: crime is deviance
Illness as a form of deviance; of abnormality
Soc of med 3/20/17
What explains the consistency and persistence of the robust rule?
Risk factor perspective
SES is correlated with specific risk factors
Example: crowding, poor housing, poor sanitation for infectious disease
Ex: smoking, nutrition, occup
Why sociology of medicine?
Because sociology shapes both the biological and the social aspects of disease
McKinlay and McKinlay (1977)
-major transition is causes of death:
infectious to chronic disease
Soc. Of medicine 2-8
History of Medicine
Social phenomena and social science
Understanding history by grasping how people lived and acted and thought at the time
Whig history Herbert butterfield (1931)
-grand narratives, written from t
Soc of med 3/6
Sources of the new medicalization
Social construction of mental disorders
Conrad and potter (2000)
-psychiatric categories are perhaps especially fluid and subject to expansion and
social construction of mental disorders
How do social structures shape the distribution of disease?
-the robust rule of class and health
-ceteris paribus: statistically speaking, the lower your socioeconomic status, the
sicker you are and sooner you die.
Sociology of med 3/1
Kristin k barker
Sources of new medicalization
-medical and health consumerism: medicine has become something people actively consume.
Physician treats patients as consumers
-marketing of biomedicine and health
The professionalization of medicine
What do we mean when new say medicine is a profession?
What exactly is profession?
How does the process of professionalization unfold?
How has the position of medical profession In the US changed?