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Niels Christian M Nickelsen

Identity as wrapping up: controversies at a hospice

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The aim of this paper is to provide an understanding of cross-professional collaboration and to develop a notion of professional identity based in practice. The background of the paper is science and technology studies and more precisely actor network theory.
The method used: The empirical analysis is based on an ethnographic study in a hospice and focuses on conceptualizing the different orderings and controversies of the cross-professional collaboration. The observations focus on how the professions identify each other, and how certain controversies lead to specific wrapping up. This is analyzed in close relation to the making of a report concerning the cross-professional collaboration. Findings are that “Identity as wrapping up” points to the way in which certain actors, by other actors, are maneuvered into certain pockets in a network. Identity as wrapping up is emphasized as a way of participating, which is closely connected to the intention to control the relation towards the other. Thus identity as wrapping up is argued to be a strategy to optimize the situation of one’s own profession. Conclusion: This articulation of identity contributes to the actor network literature as well as to nursing in three ways, firstly by emphasizing and conceptualizing that professional identity is negotiated; secondly by taking a closer look at how the enrollment of a profession into a network takes place; thirdly by illustrating the strategic positioning this comprises.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year18 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2015

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