Perspectives on podiatric biomechanics: Foucault and the professional project

Borthwick, A.M. (1999) Perspectives on podiatric biomechanics: Foucault and the professional project. British Journal of Podiatry, 2, (1), 21-28.


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The relatively recent emergence of podiatric biomechanics in the UK as a therapeutic practice underpinned by r\tional, scientific principles and applied with indeterminate skill may be viewed either as a professionalising strategy designed to enhance the credibility and authority of podiatry and elevate its status, or, alternatively, through a Foucauldian analysis of power/knowledge and an emerging podiatric discourse extending the clinical "gaze" of the podiatrist. A Foucauldian analysis serves to provide an alternative view to the traditional, structural approach to power relations and marks a significant shift in the boundaries and constitution of podiatric power and knowledge. This approach also, it is argued, offers insights into the relative failure of podiatry to professionalise to an extent comparable with dentistry, in spite of professional aspirations to parity of esteem.

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Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 67061
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February 1999Published
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2009
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:53

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