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Taking License with Medical Work: Notes on the Resolution of Risk and Uncertainty in a Gynecological Self-Help Clinic

Karen J. Peterson
Symbolic Interaction
Vol. 1, No. 2 (Spring 1978), pp. 138-147
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction
DOI: 10.1525/si.1978.1.2.138
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/si.1978.1.2.138
Page Count: 10
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Taking License with Medical Work: Notes on the Resolution of Risk and Uncertainty in a Gynecological Self-Help Clinic
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Abstract

Occupational case studies provide comparative data for studying the structure of work. In the case presented here, an occupational grouping which staked out its own jurisdiction provides a limiting case for the study of collective solutions to risk and uncertainty encountered in work. How a gynecological self-help clinic organized work to protect individual workers from risk and its consequences shows that relationships among work, uncertainty, and risk are indeed flexible.

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