Prioritising rural authenticity: community members' use of discourse in rural healthcare participation and why it matters

Nimegeer, A. and Farmer, J. (2016) Prioritising rural authenticity: community members' use of discourse in rural healthcare participation and why it matters. Journal of Rural Studies, 43, pp. 94-103. (doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2015.11.006)

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Abstract

This paper uses discourse analysis to explore individuals’ use of two discourses in Scottish rural health community participation. It explores interview texts from a community participation project to design new services. Findings show that some community members employ discourses of rural localness and tradition to augment their credibility and gain influence. In particular, community members employ discourses that prioritise the voices of those perceived as local, and when discussing doctors and nurses, prioritise those who display idealised characteristics associated with local traditional provision. In examining these prominent discourses, the paper suggests that community participation involves more complex power-plays than simply those between health service managers and the public, that tend to be portrayed in health policy. Power-play between community members could affect processes and outcomes of community participation.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Nimegeer, Dr Amy
Authors: Nimegeer, A., and Farmer, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Journal of Rural Studies
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0743-0167
Published Online:17 December 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Journal of Rural Studies 43: 94-103
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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