Chapter 21: Hospitals and the dynamics of multiple contexts
The central aim of this chapter is to take some of the key ideas concerning contexts that have been exposed in previous chapters and give them a ‘work out’ on a particular case. Obviously I cannot hope to cover all the many ideas and insights that my colleagues have advanced. I must content myself with a selection, but, nonetheless, comparatively to exercise a range of frameworks, conceptualizations or interpretations on a single subject should help to illuminate some of the relative advantages and limitations of the various ideas and approaches. This is not an attempt to put all these key ideas in some sort of cardinal or even ordinal sequence – they are too diverse and incommensurate for that. But it is an effort to see differences and similarities between them, and to get a feel for how they might work when applied to a concrete set of circumstances and events.
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