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Title: Occupational control in the medical division of labour
Author: Larkin, Gerald Vincent
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 1981
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The medical division of labour has been subject to a dramatic expansion in the first half of this century, in both the. numbers of health workers and types of health occupation. This has posed problems of control for the medical profession, which are addressed in this thesis. with the exception of doctors most health related occupations have so far generated little historical. attention.Five groups are analysed here, viz. radiographers, physiotherapists, chiropodists, ophthalmic opticians and dental auxiliaries. Each group is seen as attempting to create and defend role boundaries within the medical division of labour, in a number of relationships with senior 'professions' and the state. Medical dominance has played a major. part in this process, but in so doing has gone through stages of conflict and co-operation with the state. These developments are outlined and their implications for para-medical occupational stratagems are discussed. Para-medical workers are viewed as subordinate but not passive partners in the development of medicine in its modern fo~ms. Their leaders, it is argued, have played a substantial part in influencing the evolution of the medical division of labour, within the context of dominance by both doctors and the state.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Medicine Medicine Medical care