Gray Areas: Ethnographic Encounters with Nursing Home Culture

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Ten scholars from anthropology, nursing, sociology, gerontology, human geography, and other disciplines 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. '...brings a sense of intrigue about an issue to the attention of general anthropology and contributes substantively to the broad interdisciplinary arena of gerontology research and practice.' - Mark R. Luborsky, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: The Nursing Home as Cultural Code 3
2 The Treatment of Acute Illness in Nursing Homes: The Environmental Context of Decision Making 23
3 A Use of Irony in Contemporary Ethnographic Narrative 69
4 "Bread and Butter" Issues: Food, Conflict, and Control in a Nursing Home 103
5 Homebodies: Voices of Place in a North American Community 121
6 Alzheimer's Units and Special Care: A Soteriological Fantasy 153
7 Family Involvement in Nursing Homes: A Decision-Making Perspective 173
8 Wary Partners: Family-CNA Relationships in Nursing Homes 203
9 Defining Family Relationships in a Nursing Home Setting 235
10 The Social World of Assisted Living 263
References 285
Index 309
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