Postmodern and Poststructural Approaches to Nursing Research / Edition 1

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Offering pluralistic perspectives, this book examines the patient experience and patient care in the context of postmodern and poststructural approaches. It explores the ways in which these approaches can be used to inform us about health care; the practical aspects of proposing and carrying out research projects using these approaches; and the "intellectual journey" required to come to grips with their meaning and application.

Presents intellectual journey through these approaches & their influence on research construction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761906759
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: Educational Management Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgements viii
1 Setting the Parameters: What this Book is About and Why it is Important 1
This Book as a Response to Research in Nursing/Health Care as an Evolving Process 1
Towards an Understanding of Postmodern and Poststructural Approaches 3
Can Postmodern and Poststructuralist Approaches Influence Practice or are They Merely Esoteric? 7
What is to Follow 12
2 Situating Postmodern Thought 17
What This Chapter Is About 17
What is Postmodern Thought? 18
The Work of Michel Foucault 22
Using A Postmodern Theoretical Frame in Research About Health and Health Care 32
Summary 35
3 Thinking and Researching Poststructurally 39
Outline of This Chapter 39
Poststructural Thought 39
Discourse Analysis: One Method within a Poststructuralist Approach 42
Deconstruction: Another Approach to Research Within Poststructural Perspectives 56
Summary 64
4 Speaking Practically, Part I: "Proposing" Research Informed by Postmodern and Poststructural Approaches 67
Overview 67
The Craft of Proposal Writing: Preliminary Considerations 68
The Craft of Proposal Writing: Creating The Text 75
Concluding Comments 92
5 Speaking Practically, Part II: "Doing" Research Informed by Postmodern and Poststructural Approaches 93
Introduction 93
Collecting and Analyzing the Material: Phase 1 of The Study 94
Phase 2: Qualitative Thematic Analysis: Developing a Chronology of Topics 99
Phase 3: Analyzing the Reporting about Toxic Shock Syndrome Discursively 103
Report on the Findings of Phase 3 Analysis 105
Concluding Comments 114
Summation 116
6 The Journey Forward 121
Introduction 121
Where Have We Been? 121
Where Are We? 124
The Journey Forward 133
Appendix A Grant Application, "Constructing Toxic Shock Syndrome" 135
Appendix B Results of Phase 1: Quantitative Analysis of Data 147
References 161
Index 171
About the Author 175
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