'Medicalization' is the term used by sociologists to describe the tendency to understand aspects of social life as medical issues requiring intervention and control on the part of medicine. In Sinclair's case, he became stigmatized as a homeless person -- mentally ill, an addict.
Christopher J. Fries
Health sociologist, Department of Sociology at the University of Manitoba
Christopher J. Fries is a health sociologist on Faculty in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manitoba and co-author of Pursuing Health and Wellness: Healthy Society, Healthy People (Oxford University Press).
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