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Did wards have cultures? 

Did wards have cultures?
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Did wards have cultures?
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Annie Bartlett

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10.1093/med/9780199640928.003.0008
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date: 23 September 2019

Traditional mental hospital ethnography has argued against the existence of patient culture. This chapter highlights the active contribution of patients to what might be considered ward culture. It examines what culture in this context might mean and how such ideas relate to the analysis of power relations already achieved. Specifically, local understandings of cultural problems are considered and the views of managers, staff and patients compared and contrasted. A wider lens is used to consider the relevance of these ideas to contemporary understandings of hospital culture and organization.

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