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Secular values and the location of religion: a spatial analysis of an English medical centre

Knott, K. and Franks, M. (2007) Secular values and the location of religion: a spatial analysis of an English medical centre. Health & Place, 13 (1). pp. 224-237. ISSN 1353-8292

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Abstract

What do contemporary controversies in healthcare reveal about secular values and the location of religion within an English medical centre? Using a socio-spatial methodology designed to break open ideological perspectives and normative values, we analyse the doctor-patient relationship, complementary and alternative medicine, and an issue that bridges the two, evidence-based medicine. In the physical, social and mental spaces of the medical centre we uncover the traces of religious activity and roles and of alternative therapeutic regimes often informed by spiritual or religious systems. Furthermore we disclose the heterogeneity of values that comprise the secular worldview of one group of contemporary general practitioners.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Health & Place.
Keywords: spatial methodology, religion, secular values, doctor–patient relationship, complementary and alternative medicine, evidence-based medicine
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Theology & Religious Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 13:51
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2006.01.00...
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2006.01.001
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1965

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