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'Bucking and Kicking’: ‘race’, gender and embodied resistance in health care

Gunaratnam, Yasmin. 2004. 'Bucking and Kicking’: ‘race’, gender and embodied resistance in health care. In: Ursula Apitzsch; Joanna Bornat and Prue Chamberlayne, eds. Biographical Methods and Professional Practice: An International Perspective. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 205-219. ISBN 978-1861344922 [Book Section]

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The turn to biographical methods in social science is yielding a rich harvest of research outcomes and invigorating the relationship between policy and practice. This book uses a range of interpretive approaches to reveal the dynamics of service users' and professionals' individual experiences and life-worlds. It shows how biographical methods can improve theoretical understanding of professional practice, as well as enrich the learning and development of professionals, and promote more meaningful and creative practitioner-service user relationships. Biographical methods and professional practice: reviews applications of biographical methods in both policy and practice in a range of professional contexts, from health and social care to education and employment; explores the impact on professional practice of social change in three main arenas: transformation from Eastern to Western types of society in Europe, major shifts in social and welfare principles, experiences of immigration and of new cultural diversities; critically evaluates subjective and reflexive processes in interactions between researchers, practitioners and users of services; considers the institutional arrangements and cultural contexts which support effective and sensitive interventions and which support and encourage change in the lives of individuals. With contributions from leading international experts, it provides a valuable comparative perspective. Researchers, policy analysts and practitioners, postgraduate students, teachers and trainers will find this book a stimulating read.

Item Type: Book Section

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
2004Published

Item ID:

13565

Date Deposited:

22 Sep 2015 10:15

Last Modified:

07 Jul 2017 09:21

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/13565
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