Conflict and schism

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:
Conflict and schism

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This chapter examines the conflicts and schisms in the patient movement. It suggests that the fragmentation and political weakness of the patient movement is caused by conflicts among patient groups and between individual activists, which makes it difficult for groups to work together as a unified movement. The chapter provides evidence from research which suggests that a radical–conservative distinction in patient groups underlies some of the conflicts in the patient movement in Great Britain today.

Keywords: patient movement; schism; conflict; political weakness; patient groups; radical–conservative distinction; Great Britain

Chapter.  6947 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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