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Institute for Advanced Social ResearchUniversity of TampereInstitute for Advanced Social Research

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Johanna Ruusuvuori, Ph.D.

Department of Sociology and Social Psychology
Senior researcher
2007-2008

My present research interests include the study of emotion in social interaction and comparison of the therapeutic processes in different types of health care encounters. I investigate the ways in which emotion is present in various everyday and institutional encounters of social life - what sort of norms and conventions people orient to in their affective displays, and what is the relevance of affective communication within these encounters. I am also interested in the role of facial expression in social interaction: how our facial expressions contribute to meaning making together with words, gestures and other 'channels' of communication. The comparison of the therapeutic processes in different health care encounters (general practice, homeopathy, maternity and child health care, psychotherapy) yields information about the professional practices that are used in managing the key institutional tasks of the encounters, as well as about the outcomes of these practices. The comparison illuminates the particularities of each type of encounter, but may also suggest that some practices are available across different types of encounters (e.g. ways of showing empathy).

I am currently involved in two research projects: 'Emotion, interaction and institutions' and 'Professional-client interaction and multiprofessional team-work in maternity and child health care clinics'.

 

 
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