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Slaps, Punches, Pinches -- But not Violence: Boundary Work in Nursing Homes for the Elderly

Åkerström, Malin LU (2002) In Symbolic Interaction 25(4). p.515-536
Abstract
The article presents an analysis of boundary work within the context of care for the elderly, where violence appears to be widespread though still relatively unacknowledged. By resorting to certain descriptive – often jocular – modes, the staff designate aggressive acts committed by patients as 'non-violent'. This occurs although intent, responsibility, and injury – all common criteria associated with violence – are partly present in the descriptions. It is suggested that this combination of tendencies is an artful way of simultaneously presenting the nurses as competent caregivers rather than controllers -- in spite of reported difficulties.
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care, homes for elderly, nurses, constructionism, violence, elderly, sociologi, aggression, sociology, decriptive work, boundary work
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Symbolic Interaction
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25
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4
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515 - 536
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University of California Press
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  • Scopus:0036457594
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0195-6086
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English
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  author       = {Åkerström, Malin},
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  title        = {Slaps, Punches, Pinches -- But not Violence: Boundary Work in Nursing Homes for the Elderly},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {2002},
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