Consumerism, reflexivity and the medical encounter.

  title={Consumerism, reflexivity and the medical encounter.},
  author={Deborah A Lupton},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  volume={45 3},
Much emphasis has been placed recently in sociological, policy and popular discourses on changes in lay people's attitudes towards the medical profession that have been labelled by some as a move towards the embracing of "consumerism". Notions of consumerism tend to assume that lay people act as "rational" actors in the context of the medical encounter. They align with broader sociological concepts of the "reflexive self" as a product of late modernity; that is, the self who acts in a… CONTINUE READING
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