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Discussion: Deviance and medical social control

Discussion: Deviance and medical social control

Doctors and the medical system hold a specific status that plays a role in social control. Hughes describes this master status as “highly dominant, overpowering others and coloring the way people are viewed.” (Adler 255). Doctors are given traits like altruism, due to their title, and are more likely to be considered trustworthy members of society. Because of this status and mindset that had been appointed to the medical field, much of those deviant members of the medical system go unquestioned. In fact, not only do these practitioners have a “leg-up” in society because of their occupation, they “receive some degree of protection in the event that they are identified and become the subject of potential punishment.” (Adler 244). Medical crime is provided more of an opportunity to occur due to the self-regulation as well. Those being questioned for a possible medical crime often find themselves protected be the “first line of defense” which is comprised of a state medical board that often times will protect their member from punishment. These control factors all play aid in allowing medical crime to continue. “…they derive from opportunities provided through trust given only to occupational elites…” (Adler 246).

Evaluate the social benefits and consequences of state/government surveillance on different individuals and groups in society.

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Adler, P. A., & Adler, P. (2016). Constructions of deviance: social power, context, and interaction. Cengage Learning.

Ashley Williams
MondayDec 7 at 2:26pm

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Explain the relationship between deviance and medical social control in Chapter 22.

In the medical field, there have been issues with doctors not following the ethical standards: “The consequences are not limited to financial fraud and abuse: Unnecessary medical procedures, negligent care, prescription violations, and the sexual abuse of patients exact an enormous physical toll as well” (Adler & Adler, 2016, p. 244) Physicians are required to give their patients the best care, but with the competitive nature of the United States healthcare system, the patient is overlooked: “Physicians must now divide their loyalties between the patient and the organization, and the patient is fast assuming a secondary role” (Adler & Adler, 2016, p. 251). Doctors are putting their careers first over their patients causing a lack of quality care for the patients. Discussion: Deviance and medical social control

Evaluate the social benefits and consequences of state/government surveillance on different individuals and groups in society.

In On Patrol with South Korea’s Suicide Rescue Team there is surveillance around the bridge by the Han River. The benefit to this is that the Rescue Team can save many lives this way by getting to the individual before they jump or right after they jumped. A consequence to government surveillance would be the lack of privacy. This could cause issues of paranoia in some individuals since they are being watched all the time.

References

Adler, P. A., & Adler, P. (2016). Constructions of deviance: social power, context, and interaction. Cengage Learning.

 

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