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Radical activists’ new knowledge

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/9781847427458.003.0005
Radical activists’ new knowledge

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This chapter examines the sources of radical patient activists' knowledge that they use to oppose low standards of care or oppressive practices and to propose higher standards. It discusses the main sources of radical patient activism's new knowledge, which include lay knowledge, lifeworld knowledge, and patient activists' experiences. The chapter provides two examples of the uses of new knowledge. The first is about activists' use of social-science knowledge in the creation of new knowledge, and the second is about medical and scientific knowledge.

Keywords: radical patient activists; new knowledge; lay knowledge; lifeworld knowledge; patient activists' experiences

Chapter.  8022 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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