Diversity Beyond Culture: Challenges of the Clinic Today

Presentation Description:  Caregivers are sometimes at a loss with the diversity of norms and values they encounter as well as how differently these norms and values may be voiced, from family to family.  What is common, what is specific – where do we start, where do we stop?  Is there a “universal stance” one can take or must we embrace every event as unique?  Multidisciplinary team work, professional cultures and subcultures, continuity of care within units and between units, issues related to the progress of medicine and decision making processes alternating between a “logic of care” (Mol, 2008) and a logic of choice are the backdrop upon which to understand the social space of the clinic as a site of negotiation where social, cultural, religious diversity comes into play.  The hospital is indeed a site of negotiation amongst caregivers of different backgrounds, caregivers and families, migrants and non-migrants of majority and minority status (in the Canadian context).


Sylvie Fortin, PhD
Anthropologist, Associate Professor
Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC
CHU Sainte-Justine, Montréal, QC

Rani Srivastava, RN PhD
Assistant Professor
Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Toronto, ON
Adjunct Professor
York University School of Nursing , Toronto, ON
Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON

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