Complementary Alternative Medicine, Palliative Care, and the Hospice Alternative: Medicine’s Reclamation of Death?
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International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.109-116.
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Elizabeth A. Gill received her MA from Yale University and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland Virginia where she also chairs the department. She has authored and co-authored several articles on death and dying, the family, human rights, and pragmatism all of which examine the effects of the organizational context upon an individual’s existence through empirical specification and the development of theoretical frameworks designed to bridge the agency/structure divide. More specifically, her research interests focus on comparative studies between existing bureaucratic organizations and effective alternatives to problems facing individuals embedded within these organizations. Her current work is directed toward the development of a sociological model of hope designed to accommodate agency, organizations, and diversity while encouraging and propagating positive alternatives within structured bureaucratic environments.
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