A Sociology of Health by Dr David Wainwright

By Dr David Wainwright

A Sociology of healthiness deals an authoritative and up to date creation to the main concerns, views, and debates in the box of scientific sociology. The e-book aids readers’ figuring out of ways sociological methods are the most important to figuring out the effect that healthiness and affliction have at the habit, attitudes, ideals, and practices, of an more and more health-aware inhabitants.

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52 Foucault, M. (1988) The political technology of individuals. H. Martin, H. H. Hutton (eds), Technologies of the Self: A Seminar with Michel Foucault. London: Tavistock, p. 146. 53 Bury, M. (1986) Social constructionism and the development of medical sociology. Sociology of Health and Illness, 5(1): 1–24. 54 Nicolson, M. and McLaughlin, C. (1987) Social constructionism and medical sociology: a reply to M. Bury. Sociology of Health and Illness, 9(2): 107–26. 55 Collier, A. (1994), Critical Realism: An Introduction to Roy Bhaskar’s Philosophy.

The break-up of traditional forms of social solidarity and cohesion, has reduced the sense of security that comes from strong affiliation to a group. The failure and demise of transformatory political ideologies and organisations has diminished the belief in our collective capacity to humanise nature and adapt it successfully to our needs. 73 These factors have given rise to a diminished sense of personhood, which emphasises powerlessness and passivity, rather than the humanist belief in man’s unique capacity to transcend nature through the application of reason and agency.

60 Apparently, people in their 40s defined as ‘overweight’ are 74 per cent more likely to develop dementia compared to those defined as being of ‘normal weight’. Not only is this relationship quite weak, there is also good reason to think that it is spurious. In a response to this report a group of researchers suggested a fundamental flaw in the study’s conclusion: Obese people visit a medical doctor more frequently. Because dementia was not assessed for all participants of the cohort, but only for patients with a medical visit, obese patients had a higher chance to be diagnosed with dementia.

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