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Institute for Advanced Social ResearchUniversity of TampereInstitute for Advanced Social Research

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Pirjo Nikander, Dr.

Department of Sociology and Social Psychology 
Utacas fellow 2005-2006

My current research focuses on institutional interaction and decision making. I work with 42 hours of videotaped and transcribed materials collected in interprofessional team meetings within the social and health sector. These data consist of encounters where medical doctors, representatives of the home help team, representatives of nursing homes, and hospital and nursing home social workers come together to reach practical decisions over elderly clients' health, coping and life situations.

Looking at interaction in interprofessional teams, I wish to tease out the detail of:

- the dynamics and the alleged client-centredness of interprofessional practice
- the categorization processes whereby people processing takes place (MCA)
- the practical role of emotion categories in meetings and decision making
- the narrative and discursive display of expertise, knowledge and morality in decision-making interaction

I find that the data corpus provides a practical empirical window into everyday organisational practice: to the emergence of criteria, health care ethics and prioritization.

My other research interests include:

Discursive social psychology
Social psychology of ageing, the lifespan & ageism
The baby-boom generation
Moral discourse in interaction
Qualitative methodology, Membership categorization analysis
Transcription and translation as part of DA/CA-analysis

For more detail, publications etc, have a look at: http://www.uta.fi/~pirjo.nikander/
For detail on research on institutional interaction in the University of Tampere, go to: http://www.uta.fi/laitokset/sosio/project/ivty/english/index.html

 

 
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