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Story teller or story analyst? How useful is the storied narrative for a critical sociology of CAM and nursing?

Philip Tovey (School of Healthcare Studies, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK)
Nicola Manson (John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)

Journal of Health Organization and Management

ISSN: 1477-7266

Article publication date: 1 August 2004

Abstract

Despite recent developments in the sociology of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), a critical analysis of the apparent affinity between CAM and nursing has, to date, remained essentially undeveloped. An empirical project is currently being conducted as an initial step to address the absence of such important critical research. A total of 30 written life history narratives were obtained from nurses working with and using CAM to explore such matters as professional boundaries and nurses' authentication strategies and conceptualisation and operationalisation of CAM. This paper addresses questions and conflicts that arose as the analytical tools were considered for these narrative accounts. Specifically, the paper explores whether the storied narrative sits easily with a critically oriented sociology of CAM; the differences between the role of “storyteller” or “story analyst”; and ask whether there is potential for developing a critical sociology of CAM nursing that retains the essence of personal stories.

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Tovey, P. and Manson, N. (2004), "Story teller or story analyst? How useful is the storied narrative for a critical sociology of CAM and nursing?", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 18 No. 4, pp. 226-239. https://doi.org/10.1108/14777260410554250

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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