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

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

by Cindy Patton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816670188

ISBN-13: 9780816670185

Pub. Date: 12/07/2010

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816670185
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Series:
A Quadrant Book
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Foucault after Neoliberalsim, or, The Clinic Here and Now
Cindy Patton
1. Clinic or Spa? Facial Surgery in the Context of AIDS-Related Facial Wasting
John Liesch and Cindy Patton
2. Implications of an Epistemological Vision: Knowing What to Do in Home Health Care
Christine Ceci and Mary Ellen Purkis
3. Where is Community Health?: Racism, the Clinic, and the Biopolitical State
Jenna Loyd
4. Repetition and Rupture: The Gender of Agency in Methadone Maintenance Treatment
Suzanne Fraser
5. Freedom or Socks: Market Promises vs. Supportive Care in Diabetes Treatment
Annemarie Mol
6. Clinic Without the Clinic
Cindy Patton
7. Practices of Doctoring: Enacting Medical Experience
Lisa Diedrich
Contributors
Index

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