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Architecture, embodiment and health care: a place for sociology

Martin, Daryl, Nettleton, Sarah, Buse, Christina E., Prior, Lindsay, Twigg, Julia (2015) Architecture, embodiment and health care: a place for sociology. Sociology of Health & Illness, 37 (7). pp. 1007-1022. ISSN 0141-9889. E-ISSN 1467-9566. (doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12284) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Sociologists of health and illness have tended to overlook health care architecture and buildings. This contrasts with medical geographers who have yielded a body of work on the significance of places and spaces in the experience of health and illness. A review of those sociological studies that have studied the role of the built environment in the performance of medical practice uncovers an important vein of work, worthy of further study. Through the historically situated example of hospital architecture, this article seeks to tease out substantive and methodological issues that can inform a distinctive sociology of health care architecture. Contemporary health care buildings manifest design models developed for hotels, shopping malls and homes. These design features are congruent with neo-liberal forms of subjectivity in which patients are constituted as consumers and responsibilised citizens. We conclude that an adequate sociology of health care architecture necessitates an appreciation of both the construction and experience of buildings, exploring the briefs and plans of their designers, and observing their everyday uses. Combining approaches and methods from the sociology of health and illness and science and technology studies offers potential for a novel research agenda that takes health care buildings as its substantive focus.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/1467-9566.12284
Uncontrolled keywords: architecture; place; healthcare buildings; hospital design;
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Lucie Patch
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 10:31 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:51 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/53619 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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