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DeepDyve Deviance and medicalization: From badness to sickness Deviance and medicalization: From badness to sickness Jacoby, Ann Book Reviews researchers each claiming that the balance works in favour of the other.

McNeill has done us a great service in bringing together a huge amount of material in a way that is engaging, informative and raises the significant ethical issues. His book deserves a wide audience and should be required reading for anyone taking a serious interest committees. Conrad and J.

The authors write that they are concerned with the sociology of deviance designation, rather than the sociology of deviance, and they adopt a socio-historical perspective to examine why certain forms of deviance have become problems for medical jurisdiction, and so been designated as sickness rather than badness. The way in which medical perspectives have come to dominate many behavioural and social problems is demonstrated through a series of case histories: mental illness, alcoholism, opiate addiction, homosexuality, hyperactivity, delinquency and crime.

For each of these, the authors consider the relevant historical events, settings, attributions of cause, social control mechanisms, scientific discoveries and claims-making activities of the medical profession.

Conrad and Schneider demonstrate how issues such as the making illegal of marijuana were prompted by the need for bureaucratic survival, though purporting to be moral righteousness. The extent to which medical social control is imposed-from telling us how to best look after our health to genetic counselling and screening and reporting on child abuse--is critically examined, and the ramifications of this process discussed.

Schneider and Conrad see both a bright and a dark side to this process, a particular difficulty with the darker side being the individualization of social problems, which allows us to ignore the possibility that deviant behaviour is not an illness, but rather, an adaptive response to a specific social situation.

They see the medicalization and demedicalization of deviance as political rather than scientific achievements. For them, a critical role of the sociologist is to challenge medical deviance designations, or at least provide alternative ones. They also raise important questions about the potential impact of changes in the organisation of medicine and health care delivery, the relationship between the economic infrastructure of health care and the process of medicalization, and the extension of medical knowledge through research such as the Human Genome project.

Baywood Publishing Company, Inc. Cloth U. In her introduction, Nancy Krieger argues that the advent of AIDS has called into question many of the premises of the biomedical model, This jointly edited volume is intended to sharpen these issues and assist the development of more appropriate preventative strategies.


Deviance and medicalization : from badness to sickness



Deviance and medicalization: From badness to sickness


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