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Boklansering: New Dynamics of Disability and Rehabilitation


‘New Dynamics of Disability and Rehabilitation’ (Eds. Harsløf, Poulsen & Larsen) will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2019. This collection provides a broad coverage of the conditions for medical and vocational rehabilitation in North-Western Europe. It presents analyses that cut across health sciences, medical sociology, disability studies and comparative welfare state research. Through this interdisciplinary perspective, the book explores the changing roles of patients, caregivers, professionals and institutions, and the wider implications of these changes for issues such as user participation, professional autonomy and social inequalities in health.

We invite scholars, practitioners, students and others interested in this field to this interactive seminar, where participants will have the opportunity to discuss some of the book’s studies, in terms of implications for practice, for education and for future research in the field.

14.00    Welcome/Introduction by the editors

14.20    Highlights from the article collection

15.20    Comments on the book. Professor Rafael Lindqvist (Uppsala University)

15.50    Panel discussion

16.15    Refreshments

Please sign up for the seminar ( no later than 22 August. 

Please indicate which of the parallel book café sessions you would like to join (see abstracts in below)

Parallel book cafe sessions

  • Alm Andreassen: Complex problems, professionalism, inter-organizational coordination, and an organizational field of rehabilitation.

    Rehabilitation processes of working-age citizens involve several organizations and professions, and require inter-organisational and inter-professional coordination and collaboration across hospitals, community healthcare, and employment services. Institutional perspectives on organizations and professions can contribute to understanding the conditions that facilitate or impede coordinated services. Since the services apparently belong to a joint organizational field of rehabilitation, one should expect that the field supports collaboration and coordinated services across agencies. However, both knowledge-sharing and joint action are apparently hindered by infrastructure deficits, knowledge transfer from hospitals that does not meet the needs of frontline professionals, and ‘pure’ forms of professionalism. Connective and collaborative forms of professionalism, including boundary-spanning tasks, seem necessary to ensure smooth transitions, undisrupted pathways, and coordinated services for injured citizens.

  • Koren Solvang and Feiring: Rehabilitation as a curricular construction. Rehabilitation is a contested interdisciplinary field, torn between medical dominance and psychosocial challenges.

    Since higher education is an important arena for epistemological work, this chapter elucidates the scholarly profile outlined in educational programs within the area of rehabilitation. The authors conducted a text study of how programmes in Scandinavia, the UK, and Germany are presented. Four types of study programmes were identified: physiotherapy-based, interdisciplinary programmes, educational counselling programmes, and veterinary programmes. The diversity of programmes is discussed in light of Bourdieuan perspectives on field struggles in academic settings, the Mode 2 type of knowledge production at the intersection between clinical practice and academia, and recent interest in animality and disability intersections in post-humanist writing.

  • Feiring and Storgaard Bonfils: The Redesigning of Neurorehabilitation in Denmark and Norway.

    This chapter examines how Danish and Norwegian authorities have designed political technologies of guidelines and guides for rehabilitating brain injury survivors. Contemporary reforms to health services, including the Danish structural reform and Norwegian coordination reform, provide the national structures for framing rehabilitation services as composite practices. Engaging critical discourse analysis, we address these changes by adopting the twin perspectives of intertextuality and interdiscursivity. First, this study outlines how documents such as clinical guidelines and service guides are in dialogue with each other and with other political, legal, and professional texts. Second, focusing on the language of coordination on transferring brain-injured patients between hospitals and municipalities, we identify interdiscursivity between three broad areas of procedures and devices in both countries: inter-institutional agreements, interprofessional communication, and individual rehabilitation plans. The main recommendations in the guidelines and service guides regarding these three areas are characterized by a mixture of languages, combining scientific evidence, legal obligations, citizens’ rights, and patients’ wishes.