HLTA02H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Erving Goffman, Cystic Fibrosis

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Theories in sociology and health/medicine: structural functionalism, symbollic. Consenus model of society focus on positive aspects of society that contribute to its stability: social constuctionism, polticial conomy (marxist, post structureal (focault, other critical theories: feminist theories, queer theory, critical disability studies, post-colonial theory. Post questions on discussion board: note the lecture #, chapter, etc. Micro-level of analysis: concerned with insiders perceptions. Focus: peoples" subjective experience; how we interact with one another. Human action must be interpreted, can not be assumed or simply observed. Relies on qualitative research methods, e. g. , ethnographic research. Example: erving goffman (stigma), michael bury (biographical disruption). Similar methodology used across all social science discipines. Judgements about health/illness are value laden; reflect norms of a given time and place; illness can be stigmatizing: no value free judgments are made, judgements reflects norms of a certain place / time. Illness impacts identity through stigma: a powerfully negative label that impacts a person"s self-concept and identity.

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