Sociological Perspectives In Health And Social Care

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Sociology is the study of society and its effect on a number of things in the health and social sector such as;
• Age
• Race and or ethnic origin
• Sexual orientation
• Social class
• Disability
• Belief systems
• Diversity
• Sociology also studies people’s behaviours and actions.
Sociology studies the norms and values of these things and it studies how these things are dealt with and what the norms are in a health and social care setting, and how as a healthcare professional you should act.
I will be explaining sociological perspectives, and how they are applied to the study of health and social care.
Functionalism - is the perspective where society contains different parts and each of them serves a purpose to make society work better together. For example society works better when education family and healthcare communicate and work better together.
The functional perspective of the family by Murdock and parsons, the functionalist perspective has focused on the functions of the family in society, it looks at how the family, as a whole, help in maintaining order and stability in society, and the significance of the family for its individual members. Two well-known functionalists who have written about the family are George. P. Murdock and Talcott Parsons.
George Murdock has carried out a study involving 250 families. From his analysis, he has argued that the family performs four basic functions for its individual members and society at large. He has referred to these as
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