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Becoming an inpatient: a symbolic-interactionist study in a polish hospital
Becoming an inpatient: a symbolic-interactionist study in a polish hospital

Author(s): Bożena Kędzior
Subject(s): History and theory of sociology, Social differentiation, Health and medicine and law, Social Norms / Social Control
Published by: Collegium Civitas
Keywords: chronic illness identity; hospital ethnography; the illness narrative; symbolic interaction; qualitative methods

Summary/Abstract: This paper presents the results of a study that aimed to reconstruct the identity changes in the process of becoming an inpatient in a hospital. The notion of identity moves the focus of the study within a hospital away from the functionalist perspective and allows to center on the biographical disruption at the onset of chronic illness. Intersected with the concept of becoming a hospital inmate it illustrates a primary interactionist concern of structure-interaction reciprocity. In first step author presents the classical writings on hospitals and then attempts to reconstruct the illness narratives by employing the theoretical framework of interpretative sociology and the Łódź School of Qualitative Sociology.

  • Issue Year: 1/2015
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 237-255
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English