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Upsetting the order of teamwork: is ‘the same way every time’ a good aspiration?

Goodwin, Dawn (2007) Upsetting the order of teamwork: is ‘the same way every time’ a good aspiration? Sociology, 41 (2). pp. 259-275. ISSN 1469-8684

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Abstract

In this article I examine the spatial dimensions of the workplace, the arrangement of material resources, and the development of embodied knowledge. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork of anaesthetic practice, I show how the accomplishment of anaesthetic techniques depends on the precise alignment of practitioners' bodies, tools, and the patient's body. By exploring disruptions to customary configurations of teamwork I explore the utility of these arrangements. I show how practitioners actively contrive 'normal appearances' in order to ensure safe and proficient practice, but I suggest that disruptions function as learning opportunities vital to the development of expertise.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: embodied knowledge • spatial configurations • teamwork • techniques • tools and devices
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Medicine
ID Code: 22907
Deposited By: Dr Dawn Goodwin
Deposited On: 07 Jan 2009 10:21
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:08
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/22907

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