Excellent, funny and insightful lecture by Jon Ronson - based on his book, 'The Psychopath Test' - discussing the labelling of mental illness, the view that mental illness may not be 'real' and the medicalisation of mental illness. It's even got Scientologists in it.
Another example offering a brief critique of the functionalist view that all doctors are the heroic guardians of society and short be unquestioningly trusted by us all...
Read the full article HERE!
The attached article, by Cherrill Hicks, explores the view that the medical profession has medicalised human suffering through the labelling of mental illness by psychiatrists. Read the full article, then submit a written response as follows:
1. Summarise the article.
2. How does this article support the Weberian view that medical professionals exist for their own benefit and not for the benefit of society?
3. What sort of harm is being done to society, if Greenberg is correct?
4. Which theorists, theories and studies that we have covered in this unit so far would support this article?
Documentary charting the battle between a group of mothers and the doctor who accused them of abusing their children. This case is often used as an example of the power of members of the medical profession and the potential dangers that come with such power. How might the different sociological perspectives view this case?
The full film is essential viewing for all Sociology students! Have Goffman's study on Asylums to hand when watching...
The full interview with former Labour politician Tony Benn on the origins of the NHS and the role of healthcare in the control of society. Essential viewing - can be related to Marxist views on the role of health professionals. The full movie is lurking around the internet too for those who missed it (or want to see it again): Here's a link to one version (with Spanish subtitles, as a bonus): Watch Sicko Movie.
Short documentary that examines a range of social determinants that increase or reduce a person's life expectancy...Inevitably, focused on Glasgow, parts of which boast the lowest average life expectancy in Europe.