SOC 233 October 26, 2011
Symbolic Interactionism Review
Looks at how the influence of others shapes the understanding of one self.
Focused on how to construct our position paper.
Ideologies lose explanatory value.
Case Study – Medicalization
People visit the doctor for “illnesses” which are the result of social ramifications.
1. Functionalist Perspective – Durkheim’s Approach
When people are sick, they have to see a doctor if they want to get better.
A doctor gets paid to treat sick people; keeps them wealthy (labour division).
People seek advice of a doctor, which functions to maintain their social status (hierarchical
Doctors function as peace of mind to sick people; maintain sanity.
Doctors keep people healthy so they are able to continue fulfilling their role in society (labour
Dysfunctional – People not being able to work because they are sick.
Functional – People being able to work because they are feeling well.
Sick Role – Able to get rid of symptoms through the use of medicine.