New article on patient culture by Ming-cheng Lo and Clare Stacey published in Sociology of Health and Illness
Linking Bourdieu's (1977) notion of ‘habitus’ and William Sewell's (1992)axioms of multiple and intersecting structures, we theorise patient culture in terms of ‘hybrid habitus’. This conceptualisation of patient culture highlights three analytical dimensions: the multiplicity of schemas and resources available to patients, their specific patterns of integration and application in specific contexts, and the constitutive role of clinical encounters. The paper concludes with a discussion of directions for future research as well as reforms of cultural competency training courses.
- This paper is available online.