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Setting the theoretical scene

Charlotte Williamson

in Towards the emancipation of patients

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9781847427458
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304043 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427458.003.0002
Setting the theoretical scene

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This chapter examines the theoretical background of the patient movement. It explains that dominance, whoever holds it, tends to lead to the oppression of subordinate social groups, and shows that patients can be subject to domination and oppression. The chapter discusses Robert Alford's political theory and some other political concepts that can help us to understand domination and oppression, and related concepts such as repression, as they can affect patients.

Keywords: patient movement; dominance; oppression; domination; Robert Alford; political theory; patients

Chapter.  7213 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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