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The relationship between affect, subjectivity and care in the context of medicine

MacBride-Stewart, Sara J. 2009. The relationship between affect, subjectivity and care in the context of medicine. Presented at: BSA Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, 16 -18 April 2009.

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This paper addresses transformations in doctor's subjectivities in the context of debates about the increasingly complicated multidirectional, multisided processes of modernisation, technical innovation and other political and social changes in modern medicine (Clarke at al, 2003; Rose 2006). Data was drawn from interviews with 26 general practitioners (GPs) across Wales. Notably, diverse discourses of 'care' (ie those that drew on feminisation, medico-legal contexts, medical tradition, and governance) were used to produce an account of doctoring that was ambivalent, embodied yet which resonated with, and reframed traditional medical sociological ideas about the relationship between doctors and their patients. I further interrogate the question of 'what kind of modern medical health care professionals doctors expected to be' by suggesting that as general practice becomes separated from familiar sociological representations of 'caring', we need to consider the effect of multiple notions of 'care' on affective subjectivities of doctors in modern medicine. Paper

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
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