How Valuable Is Sociological Knowledge in Contributing to Our Understanding of Contemporary Health Issues?

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How valuable is sociological knowledge in contributing to our understanding of contemporary health issues?

Sociological knowledge assists understanding of how social issues impact on health and illness experiences in society (Barry & Yuill 2008, pp.5-10). In this context, sociological issues will refer to case study number one, about Ernie. By focussing on sociological imagination, this essay will illustrate how private troubles can be viewed as public issues. This will be followed by a discussion of structure and agency through a gender perspective as such an approach enhances our understanding of men and women's health. It will be argued that the application of sociological knowledge is a fundamental approach in nursing, essential if
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9-15). In addition, based on the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services Australia statistics (2009, p.4) 46 percent of females with children who accessed the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program services in the Australian Capital Territory were seeking assistance due to domestic violence. This percentage shows that many people experience domestic violence therefore it is not something which is merely a personal matter.

Secondly, the concepts of sociological imagination can be seen clearly through structure and agency model (Germov & Poole 2007, p.8). In sociological theory, agency is defined as the capacity of individuals to act independently and to make their own free choices (Calhoun, Gerteis, Moody, Pfaff & Virk 2007, p.220). Structure is described as the recurrent patterned arrangements which seem to influence or limit the choices and opportunities that individuals possess (Willis & Elmer 2008, pp.77-79). This can be seen in the example of social class, which, for many people, confront that which is generally taken to be natural (Edgar & Sedgwick 1999, p.123). Furthermore, social class can be defined as a broad group in society having common economic, cultural, or political status (Willis & Elmer 2008, pp.77-79). For example, social class may have influenced Ernie’s health via

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