First published in 1997, this self-selection of the writings of Michael Bloor, Reader at the University of Wales Cardiff, embraces papers on qualitative research findings, on qualitative methods, and on empirically-based theorising. It includes some material which is little known (for example, a rare observational study of illness behaviour) as well as some of Bloor’s best regarded papers. This selection from an expert with more than twenty five years of research experience in the field of sociology of health and illness and nearly a hundred previous academic publications will be of interest to students of medical sociology, to methodologists, and to nurses, clinicians, and others interested in qualitative research in health and illness.
1. Introduction and Acknowledgements. 2. Bishop Berkely and the Adeno-Tonsillectomy Enigma: an Exploration of Variation in the Social Construction of Medical Disposals. Michael Bloor. 3. On the Analysis of Observational Data: a Discussion of the Worth and Uses of Inductive Techniques and Respondent Validation. Michael Bloor. 4. An Alternative to the Ethnomethodological Approach to Rule-Use? A Comment on Zimmerman and Wieder’s Comment on Denzin. Michael Bloor. 5. Observations of Abortive Illness Behaviour. Michael Bloor. 6. Conceptions of Therapeutic Work in Therapeutic Communities. Michael Bloor and Neil McKeganey. 7. Surveillance and Concealment: a Comparison of Techniques of Client Resistance in Therapeutic Communities and Health Visiting. Michael Bloor and James McIntosh. 8. Patient-Centred Medicine: Some Sociological Observations on its Constitution, Penetration and Cultural Assonance. David Silverman and Michael Bloor. 9. Spotting the Invisible Man: the Influence of Male Gender on Fieldwork Relations. Neil McKeganey and Michael Bloor. 10. A Minor Office: the Variable and Socially Constructed Character of Death Certification in a Scottish City. Michael Bloor. 11. HIV-Related Risk Practices Among Glasgow Male Prostitutes: Reframing Concepts of Risk Behaviour. Michael Bloor, Marina Barnard, Andrew Finlay and Neil McKeganey. 12. Afterword.
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