A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness by Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim

By Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim

A important textual content for learning the results of psychological healthiness and disease on a society

This bestselling textbook presents a transparent review of the most important features of the sociology of psychological overall healthiness and ailment. during this re-creation, the authors replace every one bankruptcy, bearing in mind fresh social technological know-how and social psychiatric literature.

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1 Accounts from Erving Goffman and Bruce Link about stigma Erving Goffman, in his book Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity (1963), describes stigma as a special kind of relationship between attribute and stereotype . . [an] attribute that is deeply discrediting . . that reduces the bearer . . from a whole and usual person to a tainted, discounted one . . We believe that a person with a stigma is not quite human . . We tend to impute a wide range of imperfections on the basis of the original one .

As a result, any discussion of the topic cannot take anything for granted – one’s own assumptions, and those of others, need to be checked at the outset and at each stage of a dialogue or analysis thereafter. Questions 1 What are the strengths and weaknesses of the legal perspective on mental illness? 2 Compare and contrast two approaches to mental health and illness within sociology. 3 Discuss the relevance of the Frankfurt School to contemporary discussions about mental health. 4 Compare and contrast social constructivism with social realism when conducting sociological studies of mental health and illness.

Not only is voice hearing evident in the general population – it is continuously distributed like most symptoms – in some cultures it provides evidence of spiritual superiority. Another difficulty for sociology trying to define the unique and troublesome features of mental illness is the tendency to leave physical illness nonproblematized (the Szaszian error). The focus on mental disorder means that sociologists have at times claimed for mental health what applies more generically. For example Horwitz’s key argument about the proliferation of psychological categories clearly includes examples which are considered to be essentially physical (even though they may also be identified with certain psychological tendencies).

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