This title was first published in 2001. A classic ethnographic study of the interactions between paediatricians and parents of children thought to be neurologically handicapped. Strong used this work to systematize the often chaotic ideas of Erving Goffman, to explore the connections between micro and macro analysis in sociology and to reflect on the nature of medical practice in modern liberal societies. The book stands as a testament to Strong’s pursuit of methodological rigour in qualitative sociology.
’The Ceremonial Order of the Clinic remains an exemplary study. Strong’s work and scholarship are a continuing lesson to us all.’ Simon Williams, University of Warwick, UK ’I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the study of health care or is going to an outpatient clinic for the first time. I hope its republication will provoke further studies in this area.’ Health Matters
Contents: Introduction; Medical systems and settings; Natural parenthood; Collegial authority; A joint venture; Medical control; Ease and tension in the alliance; Conclusions and generalizations; A methodological appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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