Home Health Care Agency Practicum and Conflict Theory Conflict theory illuminates how society is made up of contests and struggles between opposing groups, characterized by inequality, inequity, and institutional oppression supported by the state. Through conflict theory, I have gained a greater understanding of how power and oppression are at work in my practicum at a home health care agency. Conflict theory provides insights into how workers are disempowered within the context of the agency, how privatized medicine contributes to the oppression of poor and working people, and how adequate services can be empowering for clients with disabilities in a society that marginalizes people with disabilities. Conflict theory posits that conflict,...The end:
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