Clothing norms as markers of status in a hospital setting: A Bourdieusian analysis.

@article{Jenkins2014ClothingNA,
  title={Clothing norms as markers of status in a hospital setting: A Bourdieusian analysis.},
  author={Tania M Jenkins},
  journal={Health},
  year={2014},
  volume={18 5},
  pages={
          526-41
        }
}
This article uses a Bourdieusian framework to understand the importance of clothing norms for symbolizing and reproducing social, as well as professional, hierarchy in hospitals. Using data from participant observation, it examines how a complex yet informal dress code has emerged at a community hospital in the Northeastern United States, in a setting where very few formal guidelines exist on how to dress. By conceptualizing professionals as holders of various types of capital (economic… CONTINUE READING
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