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Giving patients a future: The constituting of classes in an acute medical unit

Latimer, Joanna Elizabeth 1997. Giving patients a future: The constituting of classes in an acute medical unit. Sociology of Health & Illness 19 (2) , pp. 160-185. 10.1111/1467-9566.ep10934396

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Abstract

Drawing on an ethnography of conduct within an acute medical unit, the paper explores how nurses and doctors constitute classes of patient to help accomplish their ordering work. For example, patients such as older people and those who are chronically sick are figured as having only limited medical futures. The current analysis suggests that staff deploy patients’ (perceived) social identities to help (re)figure them in particular ways to organise disposal. However, disposalemerges not so much as an effect of staffs moves, but as a mode of ordering in a world of multiple domains.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1467-9566
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 02:41
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/33690

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