Situated Intervention: Sociological Experiments In Health Care by Teun Zuiderent-jerakSituated Intervention: Sociological Experiments In Health Care by Teun Zuiderent-jerak

Situated Intervention: Sociological Experiments In Health Care

byTeun Zuiderent-jerak

Hardcover | August 7, 2015

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An exploration of sociological research that is neither "detached" nor "engaged"; a new approach to sociological knowledge production, with examples from health care.

In this book, Teun Zuiderent-Jerak considers how the direct involvement of social scientists in the practices they study can lead to the production of sociological knowledge. Neither "detached" sociological scholarship nor "engaged" social science, this new approach to sociological research brings together two activities often viewed as belonging to different realms: intervening in practices and furthering scholarly understanding of them.

Just as the natural sciences benefited from broadening their scholarship from theorizing to experiment, so too could the social sciences. Additionally, Zuiderent-Jerak points out, rather than proceeding from a pre-set normative agenda, scholarly intervention allows for the experimental production of normativity. Scholars are far from detached, but still may be surprised by the normative outcomes of the interactions within the experiment.

Zuiderent-Jerak illustrates situated intervention research with a series of examples drawn from health care. Among the topics addressed are patient compliance in hemophilia home care, the organization of oncology care and the value of situated standardization, the relationship between standardization and patient centeredness, the development of patient-centered pathways, value-driven and savings-driven approaches to the construction of health care markets, and multiple ontologies of safety in care for older adults.

Finally, returning to the question of normativity in sociological research, Zuiderent-Jerak proposes an ethics of specificity according to which research adapts its sociological responses to the practices studied. Sociology not only has more to offer to the practices it studies; it also has more to learn from them.

Teun Zuiderent-Jerak is Linköping University Research Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies at Linköping University, Sweden. He was formerly Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Title:Situated Intervention: Sociological Experiments In Health CareFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.69 inPublished:August 7, 2015Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262029383

ISBN - 13:9780262029384


Editorial Reviews

Through extended and careful ethnography in changing medical practices, Zuiderent-Jerak argues for the value of such engagement as at once a mode of scholarship and of transformative intervention. Undoing the binary of 'basic' and 'applied' knowledge-making helps to open the possibilities for a method assemblage that is at once conceptually and practically generative. This includes refiguring problems as given (including that of intervention itself) in ways that challenge the normativities through which knowledge's relevance and value is assessed.-Lucy Suchman, Professor of Anthropology of Science and Technology, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University, UK