Illness is a Social Construction
This assignment is an APA research paper based on Chapter 14. The health of individual citizens can impact how a society functions. Write a minimum of a 4-page paper using the symbolic interaction perspective to show that illness is a social construction. (Remember, a social construction of an aspect of society by which individuals and groups shape their reality through social interaction, it is an idea that has been created and accepted by the people, widely accepted as natural by the society.) Ask yourself from a micro-level analytical standpoint what does it mean for you to be sick or healthy? Why is being sick a social status and not just an individual concern? How does the health or illness of family and community members affect your functioning and that of your local community? Examine the concepts of health and illness, the role of the sick person, medicalization, and modern hospitals as complex organizations with bureaucratic features.