SOCA01H3 Lecture : Health and Medicine Lecture.docx

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Symbolic interactionism does not define deviances in an objective but also in a subjective way. The deviant behaviour is increasingly becoming medicalized and becoming more present in our society. Over time, medical definitions of behaviour are becoming more prevalent in our society. There"s a tendency for medical definitions for deviance to become more prevalent over time. In an earlier era, much of deviant behaviour was labelled evil. Therefore, it was punished and chastised by the law, clergy, family and community. Today, they are treated in a detox center. If you"re an alcoholic, you go into a detox centre that requires you to withdraw from alcohol use, you get rid of the toxicity in your system. This person would be called a glutton in the past the person would be blamed for the condition. Someone who is prone to violent rages is medicated with drugs.

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