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Between Mission and Market: Contradictions in the Commodification of Hospital Care
Reich, Adam

Michael Burawoy
University of California, Berkeley

Year of completion 2011

language of dissertation English

  • medical sociology
  • economic sociology
  • morals and markets
Areas of Research
  • Economy and Society
  • Health
The “moralized markets” school within economic sociology has convincingly demonstrated variation in the relationship between economic activity and moral values. Yet this scholarship has not sufficiently explored either the causes of this variation or the consequences of this variation for organizational practice. By examining different moral-market understandings and practices in the context of a single market-based organizational field, this paper highlights the contradictory character of processes of commodification, as different historically institutionalized ideas conflict, in different ways, with the market logic organizing the field as a whole. The paper examines the contradictory commodification of hospital care in three hospitals within one Northern California community.