The social construction of illness: key insights and policy implications.

@article{Conrad2010TheSC,
  title={The social construction of illness: key insights and policy implications.},
  author={Peter Conrad and Kristin K. Barker},
  journal={Journal of health and social behavior},
  year={2010},
  volume={51 Suppl},
  pages={
          S67-79
        }
}
The social construction of illness is a major research perspective in medical sociology. This article traces the roots of this perspective and presents three overarching constructionist findings. First, some illnesses are particularly embedded with cultural meaning--which is not directly derived from the nature of the condition--that shapes how society responds to those afflicted and influences the experience of that illness. Second, all illnesses are socially constructed at the experiential… CONTINUE READING

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