Uncertainty, corruption and the boundaries of agency in the medicalised world from the perspective of the theory of power of Michel Crozier and Erhard Friedberg


Abstract

This paper begins with the conceptualization of corruption from the perspective of the theory of power of Michel Crozier and Erhard Friedberg. It is assumed that both power and corruption depends on the level of uncertainty that one is able to manage and control. Medicalisation is defined as a process of expanding the limits of applicability of medicine on further areas of social life. A medicine increases its level of control of uncertainty in social world thereby decreasing a level of individual patient’s agency. Corruption is thus considered as a means of reduction of the level of uncertainty as a patient is not able to influence this uncertainty by other means.


Keywords

uncertainty; corruption; borders; medicalization


Published : 2016-12-03


Gurtowski, M. (2016). Uncertainty, corruption and the boundaries of agency in the medicalised world from the perspective of the theory of power of Michel Crozier and Erhard Friedberg. Border and Regional Studies, 4(2), 193-214. https://doi.org/10.25167/ppbs405

Maciej Gurtowski  urtowski@gmail.com
Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Institute of Sociology  Poland


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