By Anne Rogers, David Pilgrim
A former BMA scientific ebook of the 12 months award winner, this ebook presents a sociological research of significant parts of psychological well-being and illness.
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Emergent service workers: a new, young, urban group which is relatively poor but has high social and cultural capital. Precariat, or precarious proletariat: the poorest, most deprived class, scoring low for social and cultural capital. This reflects but replaces the older Marxian notion of the ‘lumpenproletariat’. The status of having a mental health problem (usually considered to be a dependent rather independent variable) could also be seen to form a social class of its own. If we take the notion that class is a form of social stratification in which people are grouped into a set of hierarchical social categories then those with mental health problems, particularly those with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, can be accorded a particular shared status of being vulnerable to the vagaries of stigmatization by others in society and limited social opportunities (Pescosolido et al.
As the name implies, critical realism accepts that reality really does exist (contra strict constructivism, which dwells overwhelmingly on the representations or constructions of reality). However, the ‘critical’ prefix suggests that it diverges from social causationism. The latter follows the Durkheimian view that external social reality impinges on human action and shapes human consciousness. The Weberian view emphasizes the opposite process – that human action intersubjectively constructs reality.
2005) found that socio-economic Social stratification and mental health 29 factors were of relatively greater importance in determining mental health than social capital variables. Higher-income level and educational achievement were related to better mental health, and mental health was found to be higher within older age groups. Similarly, Browning and Cagney (2003) found that affluence is a precursor to residential stability and its associated mental health benefits.