SOCI 422: Sociology of Health and Mental Illness

SOCI 422 examines the uniqueness of the sociological perspective in understanding mental health and illness. It draws upon various fields to explain mental illness in as broad a social context as possible. It focuses on how social factors influence definitions and perceptions of illness.

Required Texts:

  • Horwitz, Creating Mental Illness (2003), ISBN 978-0226353821
  • Conrad, The Medicalization of Society (2007), ISBN 978-0801885853
  • Karp, Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness (2002), ISBN 978-0195113860
  • Grob, The Mad Among Us: A History of the Care of America’s Mentally Ill (1995), ISBN 978-1451636338
  • Goffman, Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates (1961), ISBN 978-0385000161

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