Gray Areas: Ethnographic Encounters with Nursing Home Culture

Gray Areas: Ethnographic Encounters with Nursing Home Culture

by Philip B. Stafford
     
 

ISBN-10: 0852559372

ISBN-13: 9780852559376

Pub. Date: 11/03/2003

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited

This volume features ten scholars from anthropology, nursing, sociology, gerontology, human geography, and other disciplines who provide ethnographic case studies exploring critical care decision-making, models of care for people with Alzheimer's disease, the way residents cope with the limitations, indignities, and opportunities of nursing home life, the roles of

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This volume features ten scholars from anthropology, nursing, sociology, gerontology, human geography, and other disciplines who provide ethnographic case studies exploring critical care decision-making, models of care for people with Alzheimer's disease, the way residents cope with the limitations, indignities, and opportunities of nursing home life, the roles of family members and nursing home employees, and the formulation of assisted living. The authors offer sustained examinations of the settings, flow, and structure of life relationships in geriatric long-term care institutions, as well as significant innovations in ethnographic methods. Researchers, caregivers, and those attentive to their own quality of life as they age will find this book essential reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780852559376
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
11/03/2003
Series:
School of American Research Advanced Seminar
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
1Introduction: The Nursing Home as Cultural Code3
2The Treatment of Acute Illness in Nursing Homes: The Environmental Context of Decision Making23
3A Use of Irony in Contemporary Ethnographic Narrative69
4"Bread and Butter" Issues: Food, Conflict, and Control in a Nursing Home103
5Homebodies: Voices of Place in a North American Community121
6Alzheimer's Units and Special Care: A Soteriological Fantasy153
7Family Involvement in Nursing Homes: A Decision-Making Perspective173
8Wary Partners: Family-CNA Relationships in Nursing Homes203
9Defining Family Relationships in a Nursing Home Setting235
10The Social World of Assisted Living263
References285
Index309

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