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Social Movements and the Transformation of American Health Care$
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Jane Banaszak-Holl, Sandra Levitsky, and Mayer Zald

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195388299

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388299.001.0001

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Field Analysis and Policy Ethnography in the Study of Health Social Movements *

Field Analysis and Policy Ethnography in the Study of Health Social Movements *

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(p.101) 7 Field Analysis and Policy Ethnography in the Study of Health Social Movements*
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Social Movements and the Transformation of American Health Care
Author(s):

Phil Brown

Rachel Morello‐Frosch

Stephen Zavestoski

Laura Senier

Rebecca Gasior Altman

Elizabeth Hoover

Sabrina McCormick

Brian Mayer

Crystal Adams

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388299.003.0007

This chapter is part of a larger program of research on health social movements. The authors focus upon the most recent developments in their program. First, they elaborate on how they intend to study institutional fields of health social movements. They introduce a historical dimension to fields, emphasizing the lineage of where the health social movement comes from in relation to other social movements. For instance, the environmental justice movement develops out of both the environmental movement and the earlier civil rights movement. That legacy influences the expectations and beliefs of current participants. Second, the authors turn to a methodological development in their work, the writing of policy ethnographies. The policy ethnography helps them to be reflexive as they untangle the activities of movements, themselves as participants, and others in the development of policy. It also adds descriptive richness to the study of movement process and movement outcomes.

Keywords:   field analysis, policy ethnography, methodology, activism, environmental justice, health social movements

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