Health Capital: An Empirical Study of Danish Healthcare Professionals’ Bodily Investments

Kristian Larsen, Ivan Harsløf, Karin Højbjerg, Anette Lykke Hindhede

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The work with and on the body to improve performance and appearance may
be conceived of as investments in ‘health capital’ that can maintain or optimize
social position in general or in specific social fields. The work is directed towards
the body or specific body parts and can articulate itself in the surgery body, the
chemical body, the nutritional body, the physical body, and the mental body. As
such, health capital may represent an extra card in the social game, as being
played out in the labour market, in the educational system, and other arenas of
social interaction. In the health care field itself, such bodily investments may be of particular importance. The agents that occupy the field will be expected to ‘perform’ health in accordance with established knowledge regiments and practices. Arguably, their own bodies are at play in the interprofessional and professional-patient interaction. Yet, we may also expect endowments of health capital among different agents in the health care field to be differentiated along different social strata.
The paper presents results from a study of the possessions of health capital
among healthcare professionals – nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurse assistants and health consultants. By use of quantitative (survey with 1,000 respondents) and qualitative data (30 individual interviews), we explore similarities and differences among and within the professions. In physiotherapy the physical body is significant and articulated in textbooks and verbally by physiotherapist (strong/weak, slim/fat), but concrete occupational positions strongly determine exactly how these are practiced, for example in opposition between private physiotherapeutic clinics opposed to public institutions. Discussing the empirical data we elaborate on theoretical implications concerning habitus, capital and field, as well as primary, secondary and tertiary socialization.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdatojul. 2018
Antal sider2
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2018
BegivenhedXIX ISA World Congress of Sociology - Toronto, Canada
Varighed: 15 jul. 201821 jul. 2018
https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/world-congress/toronto-2018/

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KonferenceXIX ISA World Congress of Sociology
LandCanada
ByToronto
Periode15/07/201821/07/2018
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Larsen, K., Harsløf, I., Højbjerg, K., & Hindhede, A. L. (2018). Health Capital: An Empirical Study of Danish Healthcare Professionals’ Bodily Investments. 548-549. Abstract fra XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology , Toronto, Canada.
Larsen, Kristian ; Harsløf, Ivan ; Højbjerg, Karin ; Hindhede, Anette Lykke. / Health Capital: An Empirical Study of Danish Healthcare Professionals’ Bodily Investments. Abstract fra XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology , Toronto, Canada.2 s.
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Larsen K, Harsløf I, Højbjerg K, Hindhede AL. Health Capital: An Empirical Study of Danish Healthcare Professionals’ Bodily Investments. 2018. Abstract fra XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology , Toronto, Canada.