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Living with Your Own Kind at the End of Life:

Munch Larsen, Nanna LU (2015) SANM03 20151
Social Anthropology
Abstract
This thesis is about the global trend of the profiling of nursing homes, with specific focus on two empirical cases of profiled nursing homes in Sweden and Denmark. The profiled nursing homes, and their social dynamics, are analyzed on the basis of data collected through ethnographic fieldwork and additional documentation. The profiled nursing homes are institutional attempts to satisfy what are believed to be the elderly’s individual or cultural ‘needs’ with the application of a specific profile. Behind this concept of satisfying cultural ‘needs’ lie two distinct categorical approaches which I call ‘enclave-thinking’ or ‘individuality-thinking’. The thesis highlights the increasing segmentation of the nursing home sector into different... (More)
This thesis is about the global trend of the profiling of nursing homes, with specific focus on two empirical cases of profiled nursing homes in Sweden and Denmark. The profiled nursing homes, and their social dynamics, are analyzed on the basis of data collected through ethnographic fieldwork and additional documentation. The profiled nursing homes are institutional attempts to satisfy what are believed to be the elderly’s individual or cultural ‘needs’ with the application of a specific profile. Behind this concept of satisfying cultural ‘needs’ lie two distinct categorical approaches which I call ‘enclave-thinking’ or ‘individuality-thinking’. The thesis highlights the increasing segmentation of the nursing home sector into different client groups, as a result of profiling. Nursing homes must now make decisions about how to brand themselves and the target groups to which they want to appeal. Profiled nursing homes are just the latest incarnation of a general trend towards using the concept of ‘culture’ and ‘individuality’, often advertised as either ‘inclusion’ or ‘special needs’ in administrative restructuring and rebranding. (Less)
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author
Munch Larsen, Nanna LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
An Ethnographic Study of Profiled Nursing Homes in Denmark and Sweden
course
SANM03 20151
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
needs, culture, profiling, nursing home, social anthropology
language
English
id
7862318
date added to LUP
2015-09-10 08:13:56
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  abstract     = {This thesis is about the global trend of the profiling of nursing homes, with specific focus on two empirical cases of profiled nursing homes in Sweden and Denmark. The profiled nursing homes, and their social dynamics, are analyzed on the basis of data collected through ethnographic fieldwork and additional documentation. The profiled nursing homes are institutional attempts to satisfy what are believed to be the elderly’s individual or cultural ‘needs’ with the application of a specific profile. Behind this concept of satisfying cultural ‘needs’ lie two distinct categorical approaches which I call ‘enclave-thinking’ or ‘individuality-thinking’. The thesis highlights the increasing segmentation of the nursing home sector into different client groups, as a result of profiling. Nursing homes must now make decisions about how to brand themselves and the target groups to which they want to appeal. Profiled nursing homes are just the latest incarnation of a general trend towards using the concept of ‘culture’ and ‘individuality’, often advertised as either ‘inclusion’ or ‘special needs’ in administrative restructuring and rebranding.},
  author       = {Munch Larsen, Nanna},
  keyword      = {needs,culture,profiling,nursing home,social anthropology},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Living with Your Own Kind at the End of Life:},
  year         = {2015},
}