Research
Print page Print page
Switch language
The Capital Region of Denmark - a part of Copenhagen University Hospital
Published

Hysteresis–or the mismatch of expectations and possibilities among relatives in a transforming health care system.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  1. Rehabilitation capital: a field-specific form of capital to understand rehabilitation in a Nordic welfare state

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  1. The practices of body in rehabilitation after stroke: a qualitative study of how physiotherapy affects identity reconstruction

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  2. Balansekunst

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  3. Identifisering og vurdering av studenter uegnet til å bli skikket for sykepleieyrket

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  4. Promoting health as a form of capital: the transformation of the Danish healthcare field as experienced by private healthcare professionals

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  5. Relatives' strategies in sub-acute brain injury rehabilitation: the warrior, the observer and the hesitant

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

View graph of relations

When a person experiences a severe stroke, their relatives must assume the role of partners in the rehabilitation process. Drawing on Bourdieu’s field theory, we investigated the potential gap between the subjective expectations of relatives in terms of the assistance and care they can offer patients with severe brain injuries and the objective constraints of a healthcare field. Using data from observations, as well as interviews with relatives and official documents, our study shows how some relatives, reliant on their habitus, bring to their collaboration with healthcare professionals an expectation that the healthcare field will be able to take care of their multiple individual needs. However, due to hysteresis–a gap between their dispositions and the objective possibilities of the transformed healthcare field–these relatives are not equipped to recognise, grasp and occupy their new field position. We conclude that Bourdieu’s theoretical concept of hysteresis may help to understand how changes in the healthcare field may lead to a mismatch between the field and the habitus manifested in interactions between patients, relatives and healthcare professionals, so that the ill-adjusted habitus of relatives leads to missed chances in relation to the opportunities objectively offered by the field.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Sociology Review
Volume28
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)31-44
Number of pages14
ISSN1446-1242
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

    Research areas

  • Bourdieu, expectations, hysteresis, Relatives, stroke, welfare system

ID: 58971049