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Individual care? power and subjectivity in therapeutic relationships

May, Carl (1992) Individual care? power and subjectivity in therapeutic relationships Sociology, 26, (4), pp. 589-602.

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Ideas about interpersonal relations between health care practitioners and their clients have been radically reformulated over the past two decades. In the face of critiques of the ways in which health care systems objectified the populations which they served, a new vocabulary - stressing holistic and personal care - has become thoroughly accommodated within health professions. This paper examines the ways in which this new definition of the patient raises questions about power and control in health care. The paper takes as a concrete example the practices involved in the nursing care of the terminally ill. However, at a general level the arguments advanced here may be applied to a range of health and welfare professions.

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Published date: November 1992
Keywords: nursing, foucault, death/dying, surveillance, hospitals, professional-client relationships


Local EPrints ID: 163605
ISSN: 0038-0385
PURE UUID: 8e3a4d8c-d1f2-43f8-b99e-1009d41a5888
ORCID for Carl May: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 20 Sep 2010 13:22
Last modified: 14 Oct 2017 00:02

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