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How do we understand health in relation to society? What role does culture play in shaping our experiences of, and orientation to, health and illness? How do we understand medicine and medical treatment within a sociological framework?

Informal Care
Informal care
Sue Hollinrake

Care is a social relational activity. It is also basic to the preservation of human life, which entails interdependency and vulnerability. The varying capacity of individuals to respond in a caring way towards others, alongside how this work is divided in society is very much shaped by social and cultural factors. Social constructionist arguments highlight how ideology influences cultural meanings of the value of care and associated need through discourse and social practices; for example, in relation to older or disabled people.

Informal care is distinguished from formal care ...

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