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The myth of the total institution: Written narratives of patients' views of sanatorium care 1908–1959
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work.
2016 (English)In: Social Science and Medicine, ISSN 0277-9536, E-ISSN 1873-5347, Vol. 153, 54-61 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on written narratives by 72 former sanatorium patients, this article explores, from patients' perspectives, the nature of the relationships between patients and staff in a Swedish sanatorium during the first half of the twentieth century. These narratives are discussed in the context of the total institution. This article suggests that this phenomenon was marked by inconsistencies that can be understood in terms of its situational and contradictory characteristics. Simultaneously, these narratives are in opposition to the assumption of the static and powerless patient adapted only to suit the logic of the institution.

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2016. Vol. 153, 54-61 p.
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Sweden; Total institution; Sanatorium; Story; Letter; Narrative analysis; Patient–staff relationship
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-29414DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.02.005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-29414DiVA: diva2:903593
Available from: 2016-02-16 Created: 2016-02-16 Last updated: 2016-02-17Bibliographically approved

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