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Complementary and Alternative Medicine's Attempts at Occupational Closure: A Thematic Analysis Driven by Grounded Theory

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By: Joana Almeida Published: 2017 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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When I embarked on my PhD in 2007, I embraced two research areas which became my main areas of sociological interest: health and the professions. I had decided to explore the topic of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners in Portugal. My decision was influenced by the fact that very little sociological analysis had been done on the dynamics of complementary and alternative medicine in Portugal, particularly from the perspective of the sociology of professions, an area within sociology which analyzes the role and status of professionals in society. In some countries, the “revival” of complementary and alternative medicine and the professionalization of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners were being increasingly discussed and analyzed. I decided to contribute to closing this knowledge gap by exploring these ...

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