Merit 2 – Use different sociological perspectives to discuss patterns and trends of health and illness in two different social groups.

1037 Words Mar 13th, 2014 5 Pages
Merit 2 – Use different sociological perspectives to discuss patterns and trends of health and illness in two different social groups.
Distinction 1 - Evaluate different sociological explanations for patterns and trends of health and illness in two different social groups.

There are many different factors that can increase your chance of becoming ill and dying. The different factors are social class, gender, age and ethnicity. The different social groups I will look at are social class and gender. I am going to look into how these affect health; I will also explain the pattern and trends. I am using gender because it fits in with the sociological perspective feminism and social class fits in with Marxism.
Social class is how people
…show more content…
People that live in socially deprived areas are more likely to have mental illness, poverty, poor education and low socioeconomic status. This is mainly because of the conditions they have been brought up in and live in; if they lived in better conditions then they probably wouldn’t have health problems like this.
The Marxist approach proves that the least deprived individuals are the ruling class and the most deprived individuals are in the working class. In the hierarchy Marxists believe that most of the deprived people shouldn’t have and education and they should be working in factories and other environments like this. Marxist know that the most deprived individuals work in poor conditions that could make them ill, people in the lower class don’t earn as much as a higher class would. This is because they are in the lower class and they live and work in poor conditions so they don’t need to earn as much.
Marxists believe that the most deprived people shouldn’t have a good education and the least deprived people need more of an education so they can get into the better jobs. Least deprived people have more money and more control, Marxists are for this and would rather…