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The allied health professions : a sociological perspective

Author: Susan Nancarrow; Alan Borthwick
Publisher: Bristol : Policy Press, 2021.
Series: Sociology of health professions.
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Drawing on case studies from optometrists, physiotherapists, pedorthists and allied health assistants, this book offers an innovative comparison of allied health occupations in Australia and Britain. Adopting a theory of the sociology of health professions, it explores how the allied health professions can achieve their professional goals.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Nancarrow, Susan
The Allied Health Professions : A Sociological Perspective
Bristol : Policy Press,c2021
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Nancarrow; Alan Borthwick
ISBN: 9781447345381 144734538X 9781447345374 1447345371
OCLC Number: 1241445582
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 241 pages)
Contents: Front Cover --
Half-title --
Series --
The Allied Health Professions: A Sociological Perspective --
Copyright information --
Table of contents --
List of abbreviations --
Acknowledgments --
Editors' overvies --
Introduction --
The allied health professions --
The sociology of the professions: theoretical insights --
Taxonomic approach (trait and functionalist perspectives) --
Professional power perspectives: asking a different question --
Marxist theory and the professions --
Professional knowledge: indeterminacy and technicality --
Foucault, disciplinary power and 'the gaze' Neo-Weberian perspectives --
Social closure --
Professional dominance --
The professional project --
Bourdieu: symbolic capital and symbolic violence --
Book overview --
One The allied health collective --
What are the 'allied health professions'? --
The nature of allied health profession work --
The international context of allied health --
Allied health professions: migration and the global workforce --
The Australian and UK health and social care contexts --
The evolution of the allied health professions --
The 'pre-professions' --
Medical registration --
The medico-bureaucratic alliance State control over healthcare --
Two Diversity in the allied health professions --
Gender --
Choice of profession --
Interprofessional diversity --
Ethnicity --
Conclusion --
Three The established allied health professions --
Optometry: allied to medicine or allied to itself? A case of splendid isolation --
Optometry: allied to itself or allied to others? --
Radiography: allied to medicine or dependent upon it? --
Radiography and the independent prescribing of medicines: divided and conquered? --
Discussion --
Four Emerging allied health professions --
The professionalisation of pedorthics The professionalisation of operating department practitioners --
The professional pathway of developmental educators in the disability field --
Discussion --
Five The support workforce within the allied health division of labour --
The growth of support workers in allied health --
The allied health division of labour --
Occupational therapy assistant practitioners --
Podiatry assistants --
Discussion --
Six Specialisation in allied health --
Podiatry and foot surgery: from aspiration to regulation --
See one, do one: the origins of podiatric surgery in the UK From the margins to mainstream: establishing podiatric surgery in the National Health Service --
Professional titles as 'symbolic capital' --
Allied health professions as prescribers of medicines --
From zero to hero: the shift towards physiotherapy, podiatry and radiography prescribing --
Allied health prescribing: current issues --
Seven Post-professionalism and allied health --
Interprofessional role boundaries of diabetes educators --
Rural allied health generalist model --
Discussion --
Index --
Back Cover
Series Title: Sociology of health professions.
Responsibility: Susan Nancarrow and Alan Borthwick.


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