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What are the mechanisms of power? 

What are the mechanisms of power?
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What are the mechanisms of power?
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Annie Bartlett

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10.1093/med/9780199640928.003.0006
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date: 15 October 2019

Here, mechanisms of power and social hierarchy are considered. These are the power relations that are intrinsic to daily life on the study wards but also those which stretch out beyond the immediate environment of the ward. The chapter attempts to describe how the wider hospital and beyond affect the lives of individual staff and patients on the wards. The essential social hierarchy of the hospital is defined.

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