SOC239H5 Chapter 1: Reading Note-Chapter 1

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Some of us treat ourselves with our favorite home remedies such as bedrest, lemon tea, or chicken soup. For staying in bed all day and the neglecting household chores. Therefore, sympathy rather than blame is considered the appropriate reaction of others: the sick person should try to get well, the sick role exemption is only temporary. The person who is given the legitimacy of the sick role is duty bound to get well. From the viewpoint of parsons, illness is a form of deviance. It is a potential threat to the social system unless it is managed for the benefit of the social system. The concentration and protection of capital through such interventions as taxes add trade and the growth of the state to ensure these protections are in place: 2. The medical system has a bourgeoisie ideology of medicine that regards both of cause and nature of illness as a responsibility of the individual: 3.

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