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A Durkheim-inspired interpretation of social mechanisms relating to health, longevity and sense of coherence in ageing

Författare och institution:
Bo G. Eriksson (Sociologiska institutionen)
Publicerad i:
Department of Sociology, University of Gothenburg,
Artikel, övrig vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
It has been known for a long time that social variables are related to morbidity and mortality. In sociology Emile Durkheim opened this field of investigation and it is still of central interest in sociological inquiries. Questions have also been raised about how these relations can be interpreted within sociological theory. This article argues that Durkheim’s ideas about social facts in conjunction with J. L. Austin’s analyses of performatives and Durkheim’s ideas about nomie and anomie can be used for such an interpretation. There is no claim that these theories exhaust the relevant possible sociological theoretical interpretations of how social variables are related to morbidity and mortality. As an example of this, it is pointed out that the results reported here are partly in line with Antonovsky’s theory of sense of coherence. The analyses are complemented by a presentation of a space of social actions inspired by the theory of social institutions derived from the work of T. Parsons. Three central mechanisms are developed: the production of social facts, the production of social fact information and, the production of nomie and anomie. The text is centred on how social facts and self-esteem are produced. Production of social facts, social fact information and self-esteem are related to salutogenic processes.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
social fact, nomie, anomie, performative, identity, sense of coherence, health.
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Posten skapad:
2010-02-27 15:53
Posten ändrad:
2010-02-27 16:01

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