Health And Illness
Perspectives on Health Care. Pgs 86-89
a. The Functionalist Perspective. Pg 86
i.Disease is viewed as a social problem when it threatens the
ability of a group to survive & prosper.
ii.Sick role: a set of expectations intended to gui
Approaches To The Study Of Social Problems
I. What Is a Social Problem?
Personal Troubles, Public Issues, and Social Problems.
1. Social problem:
a. an influential group defines a social condition as threatening its values;
when the condition affects a
Race & Ethnic Relations
i.Minority group: a group whose members share distinct physical or
cultural characteristics; are denied access to power & resources available
to other groups; & are accorded fewer rights, privileges & opportunit
The Extent of Poverty.
a. Defining Poverty.
1. social stratification: the ranking of people into a hierarchy in
which the resources considered valuable by society are unequally
2. poverty: an uneven distribution of the resources ava
Crime & Delinquency
Explanations of Crime.
i.Biological explanations of crime view criminal behavior as occurring in part
from a persons physical or biological makeup.
ii.With psychological approaches, criminality is linked to personality disorder or
i.Ecology: the branch of biology that studies the relationship[s between living organisms & their
ii.Environment: the conditions a circumstances surrounding & affecting a particular group of
Alcohol & Other Drugs
Drugs & Their Consequences.
i.Drug: any substance that, when consumed, alters one or more of the functions of the human body
ii.Psychoactive drugs: those that can produce major alterations in the mood, emotions, perceptions,