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An ethnography of socially appropriate home care for elderly
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2008 (English)Report (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This is the final report for P. Lutz, Fellow One (F1) for teh 'Social Intelligence for Tele-healthcare' (SIFT) research project, financed by the Marie Curie Host Fellowships for the Transfer of Knowledge (ToK) Programme under the Sixth European Union Framework. The User Experiences Group (formally Media Interaction), Philips Research Europe, hosted the SIFT project. 

The report provides an ethnographic account of home care for elderly and models these practices in relation to a construct of ‘social appropriateness.’ Socially appropriate home care is defined as practices and effects which are collectively perceived by human actors as the best possible care at home, in relation to the specific social-material situation at hand. Hence, it is a form of social consensus or balance. In this project, social appropriateness is proposed as an alternative to ‘social intelligence’ to account for the play of context in situations of home care for elderly. A multidimensional actor perspective is established to develop the argument that socially appropriate practices are essentially dynamic, contextual and interrelational. In particular, efforts focused on unraveling the dynamics of tension negotiation in practices of home care for elderly. It concludes with several sugggested avenues for future research. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Eindhoven: Philips Research Europe , 2008.
, Technical note
National Category
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-293045OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-293045DiVA: diva2:927242
Available from: 2016-05-11 Created: 2016-05-11 Last updated: 2016-05-12

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