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Public lecture by Dr. Michael Corman, candidate for tenure-track position in Social Science -SJ

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Posted on Apr 4, 2018

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The Department of Social Science invites you to attend a public lecture on "The Hospital’s Going to Complain" – Emergency Medical Services in the Age of Technological Governance on Thursday, Apr. 5 at 2 p.m. in Hazen Hall, 232.

Abstract: Paramedics are an increasingly important health and emergency services professional central to contemporary health care settings. This presentation is based on an institutional ethnographic inquiry into the work of paramedics and the institutional setting that organizes and coordinates their work processes in Calgary, Alberta.

Drawing on more than 200 hours of observations and more than 100 interviews with paramedics and other emergency services personnel (e.g. doctors, nurses, administrators, manages, Dispatch Centre personnel, etc), Corman draws attention to the complex work of paramedics as it is organized and coordinated by technologies of knowledge and governance. He explicitly focuses on some of the hidden dangers with how health care in Canada (and elsewhere) is being reformed and restructured. In doing so, he sheds light on an ever-important occupational group in health and social care that has garnered little sociological attention to date.

All are welcome to attend.

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