The major thesis of this article is how social contract theory sheds light on the interaction of structure and agency. A minor thesis is to rebut the conclusions drawn from Stanley Milgram's famous obedience experiments.
The argument rests in large part on an extensive review of authentic, empirical evidence found in studies of medical compliance.
Patient agency is choosing not to comply with medical orders has over the years forced structural changes in the doctor–patient relations. These changes can be understand through the evolution of three kinds of social contract.
One important implication is that non‐compliance can be a relational choice in one's lifeworld.
No other study has brought together Milgram's evidence with the medical compliance literature to demonstrate the integration of agency and structure.
Jackson, M. (2006), "Orders and obedience: structure and agency", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 26 No. 7/8, pp. 309-325. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443330610680407Download as .RIS
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