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Ward life under the microscope: the maintenance of power 

Ward life under the microscope: the maintenance of power
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Ward life under the microscope: the maintenance of power
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Annie Bartlett

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10.1093/med/9780199640928.003.0007
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date: 19 September 2019

This chapter extends the developing understanding of power to consider how power differentials are maintained. It uses an extended discussion of two key components of daily life, the use of rooms on the ward and the nature of meals to illustrate how power structures are maintained through the repetitions of both regular and occasional social action. It is argued that much of this happens without the necessity either of conscious recognition or of verbal articulation.

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