social pathology

social pathology

(by analogy with health and sickness in organisms) any condition of society regarded as unhealthy. With biological analogies currently being looked on with suspicion the term is now relatively little used, but was used by functionalist sociologists including DURKHEIM (1895). Durkheim drew a distinction between ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ states of society. He assumed that the ‘average’ condition in a particular type of society also represented the ‘normal’ and ‘functional’ condition for that type of society. On this basis pathological conditions could in principle also be identified. Thus while crime, for example, must be regarded as a normal feature of societies, an excessive incidence of crime could be seen as pathological. See also SOCIAL PROBLEMS, ABNORMAL.
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"Studies all over the world have agreed that virtually every major social pathology has been linked to fatherlessness and dysfunctional families.
TAKE THE WORST PROBLEM of social pathology and examine why it may never be alleviated: self-concerned leaders in politics, communities, and religion would rather have social disarray and death than be a profile in courage and risk power to quell it.
The economic challenges to rural communities are too numerous to list, but two significant factors are depopulation and the opioid epidemic--a social pathology once considered unique to inner cities.
So, while suicide is widely regarded an indicator of social pathology, the prevalence of suicidal ideation (suicidality) should be too.
The author has organized the seven chapters that make up the main body of his text in three parts devoted to the villain as oother,o the villain as agent of discord and disorder, and the villain as a kind of social pathology. Kendrick is a faculty member of the University of California in Los Angeles.
He called poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition the social pathology of TB that needed as much attention as TB treatment.
The trouble is that in a time of heightened tensions, with opinion furiously polarized, frank discussion of social pathology is seldom welcome.
Social pathology. Avay Noor, Publication, First publish.
In terms of the state housing authority's construction of the tenant body, the contractual documents outline the social pathology as one of 'public' housing--that is, a problematic and 'concentrated' housing tenure type.
Researchers working in anthropology, medicine, sociology, physiology, and psychology in the US consider the family as a source of stress, work and organizational factors, class and race as status-related sources, cognitive and personality factors, experimental studies of conflict-produced stress, the consequence of physical and mental illness, social pathology and stress, and conceptual models.
A chapter on clinical and social pathology may have proved interesting--at present, we know very little.

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