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Rebirth of the Clinic : Places and Agents in Contemporary Health Care - Cindy Patton

Rebirth of the Clinic

Places and Agents in Contemporary Health Care

By: Cindy Patton (Editor), Christine Ceci (Contribution by), Lisa Diedrich (Contribution by), Suzanne Fraser (Contribution by)

Paperback Published: 9th November 2010
ISBN: 9780816670192
Number Of Pages: 216

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From physical location to payment processes to expectations of both patients and caregivers, nearly everything surrounding the contemporary medical clinic's central activity has changed since Michel Foucualt's "Birth of the Clinic." Indebted to that work, but recognizing the gap between what the modern clinic hoped to be and what it has become, "Rebirth of the Clinic" explores medical practices that shed light on the fraught relationship between medical systems, practitioners, and patients.
Combining theory, history, and ethnography, the contributors to this volume ground today's clinic in a larger scheme of power relations, identifying the cultural, political, and economic pressures that frame clinical relationships, including the instrumentalist definition of health, actuarial-based medical practices, and patient self-help movements, which simultaneously hem in and create the conditions under which agents creatively change ideas of illness and treatment.
From threatened community health centers in poor African American locales to innovative nursing practices among the marginally housed citizens of Canada's poorest urban neighborhood, this volume addresses not just the who, what, where, and how of place-specific clinical practices, but also sets these local experiences against a theoretical backdrop that links them to the power of modern medicine in shaping fundamental life experiences.
Contributors: Christine Ceci, U of Alberta; Lisa Diedrich, Stony Brook U;
Suzanne Fraser, Monash U; John Liesch, Simon Fraser U; Jenna Loyd, CUNY; Annemarie Mol, U of Amsterdam; Mary Ellen Purkis, U of Victoria.

"Rebirth of the Clinic contributes significantly and meaningfully to critical, interdisciplinary research on the clinic, on interactions between medical professionals and patients, and on the complex processes of translation through which policies are put into practice and vice versa." -Samantha King, Queens University

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Foucault after Neoliberalism; or, The Clinic Here and Nowp. ix
Clinic or Spa? Facial Surgery in the Context of AIDS-Related Facial Wastingp. 1
Implications of an Epistemological Vision Knowing What to Do in Home Health Carep. 17
Where Is Community Health? Racism, the Clinic, and the Biopolitical Statep. 39
Repetition and Rupture The Gender of Agency in Methadone Maintenance Treatmentp. 69
Freedom or Socks Market Promises versus Supportive Care in Diabetes Treatmentp. 99
Clinic without the Clinicp. 121
Practices of Doctoring Enacting Medical Experiencep. 143
Contributorsp. 169
Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9780816670192
ISBN-10: 0816670196
Series: A Quadrant Book
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 9th November 2010
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.25