By Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim
A very important textual content for learning the results of psychological well-being and sickness on a society
This bestselling textbook presents a transparent review of the key features of the sociology of psychological healthiness and disease. during this re-creation, the authors replace every one bankruptcy, bearing in mind contemporary social technological know-how and social psychiatric literature.
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More and more sociologists are employed in applied research contexts which lie outside their core disciplines. Sociology has also influenced generations of health workers including medical practitioners, nurses, psychologists and social workers. In comparison, ‘pure’ sociologists are a small minority of those who have had access to sociological knowledge through their socialization and education as health and social welfare professionals. Additionally, working in the field of mental health and health services research is a largely interdisciplinary endeavour.
Whatever the logical strengths and weaknesses of the legal framework and the varied outcomes generated by the interaction of legal, psychiatric and lay opinion, it is practically and politically very important for two key reasons. First it defines the conditions under which mental health professionals can and cannot detain patients and compulsorily treat them, even when they have not broken the criminal law. These conditions will be dealt with in more detail in Chapter 10. Second it makes decisions about those who have broken the criminal law and who provisionally are deemed to be mentally disordered.
However, a number of writers who accept some constructivist arguments point out that, strictly, it is not reality which is socially constructed but our theories of reality (Greenwood 1994; Brown 1995; Pilgrim 2000). So much of the apparent opposition between constructivist and realist or causationist arguments in social science results from a failure to make this distinction. This brings us to our next perspective. Social realism The final perspective to be discussed in this chapter is that of social realism – a perspective held by the authors (Pilgrim and Rogers 1994) as well as others working in the field of mental health and the social psychology of emotions (Greenwood 1994).
A Sociology of Mental Health and Illness by Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim