What contribution does Parsons’ concept of a sick role make to our understanding of sickness in society? What are the weaknesses of that concept?

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What contribution does Parsons’ concept of a sick role make to our understanding of sickness in society? What are the weaknesses of that concept?

Sociology of medicine 

Choose one of the two topic options for your initial post:

  1. Imagine that you are researcher trained in the sociology ofmedicine who wants to study diabetes. Give an example of a research question you might study. How would your questions change if you used a sociology inmedicine approach?
  2. What contribution does Parsons’ concept of a sick role make to our understanding of sickness in society? What are the weaknesses of that concept?

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