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Who cares about Marx, Weber and Durkheim?: Social theory and the changing face of medicine


Hughes, CJ, Who cares about Marx, Weber and Durkheim?: Social theory and the changing face of medicine, Health Sociology Review, 13, (1) pp. 87-97. ISSN 1446-1242 (2004) [Refereed Article]

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This article argues that the concepts of differentiation, commodification and rationalisation (associated with the work of Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx and Max Weber respectively) provide a useful conceptual 'launching pad' for understanding key changes to medicine and doctor-patient relationships since pre-modern times. It suggests that under contemporary conditions these three processes gain momentum, but that their theoretical utility can actually be enhanced by reformulation. By suggesting some ways in which classical theoretical concepts can be applied, this article hopes to sensitize health professionals to the potential for theoretical approaches to deliver valuable insights into the nature of their work.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Social structure and health
UTAS Author:Hughes, CJ (Dr Clarissa Hughes)
ID Code:32365
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2004-08-01
Last Modified:2010-05-05
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