Functionalism In Health

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It neglects the influence of political, economic, and ideological intersects all of a system, it neglects the influence of political, economic, and ideological interests, all of which makes health system; less consensual, ordered, or systematic than a functionalist perspective would depict. Critics also highlight its conservative tendencies (due to its focus on social stability and consensus) and hence it difficulties in accounting for social conflict and social change. Critics see a contradiction where one is told to seek medical assistance when sick, but then the government is discouraging people from seeking medical help for minor illnesses and faulting everyone for government deficit. The article explains positives as well as negative of…show more content…
Secondly continuity of high poverty rates in Canada. Thirdly, there have been dreadful living conditions on Aboriginal reserves. Fourthly, there have been growing numbers of homeless and under-housed Canadians; fifthly an epidemic of obesity and early-onset diabetes; sixthly a steady erosion of the social safety net seventhly, no National public health goals of any significance; eighthly, diminishing federal leadership in health promotion and little public participation in decision-making. Last but not the least an overwhelming emphasis on modifying individual risk behaviors and little evidence of instructional action; and there have been few forums for health promotion discussion; and little development of social analysis into the determinants of health (Poland 2007). Positives of the health promotion were firstly they were supporting municipal leadership in promoting healthy public policy through healthy community initiatives; secondly the uptake of health promotion concepts outside health sector institutions such as schools 490 D. Raphael and workplaces; thirdly acknowledgment of the need for environmental supports for behavior change; Fourthly recognition of need for training in culturally sensitive service provision; and lastly greater incorporation of health endorsement into the health care arrangement (Poland…show more content…
Moreover, the relationship between genders attributes and health provides an important ground for critical debate, and not only for those interested in gender. We should remember that ideas about women’s relationship to the body have, historically at least, been used to justify their lack of social power. Their apparent inability to control the body and their related vulnerability, their purported lack of engagement with the world outside the body – all of this has, in the past, helped confirm women’s lack of social and political status. It is just such a consideration of women’s historical position that helps us put the ‘new paradigm’ of health into critical focus: urging the adoption of feminine attitudes to the body might increase rates of self-checking, but it also effectively legitimizes the idea that we are nothing more than enfeebled
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