Complementary and alternative medicine’s attempts at occupational closure: a thematic analysis driven by grounded theory

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622593
Title:
Complementary and alternative medicine’s attempts at occupational closure: a thematic analysis driven by grounded theory
Authors:
Almeida, Joana ( 0000-0002-1069-1883 )
Other Titles:
SAGE Research Methods Cases
Abstract:
When I embarked on my PhD in 2007, I embraced two research areas which became my main areas of sociological interest: health and the professions. I had decided to explore the topic of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners in Portugal. My decision was influenced by the fact that very little sociological analysis had been done on the dynamics of complementary and alternative medicine in Portugal, particularly from the perspective of the sociology of professions, an area within sociology which analyzes the role and status of professionals in society. In some countries, the “revival” of complementary and alternative medicine and the professionalization of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners were being increasingly discussed and analyzed. I decided to contribute to closing this knowledge gap by exploring these topics in Portugal. I analyzed complementary and alternative medicine practitioners’, medical doctors’, and institutional actors’ perspectives on complementary and alternative medicine regulation and adopted a sociological lens based on a neo-Weberian theory of the professions, a theory centered on the strategies used by occupational groups to gain and/or maintain professional standing in the marketplace. In this case study, I provide an account of how dominant strategies used by complementary and alternative medicine practitioners to gain professional status within health care in Portugal can be derived from a thematic analysis of 20 semi-structured interviews with traditional acupuncturists and traditional homeopaths. With this case, I illustrate (a) how thematic analysis embraces chaos and uncertainty but ends in a rewarding systematization of the data and engagement with theory, and (b) how I combined thematic analysis with grounded theory to simultaneously verify, validate, and generate theory.
Affiliation:
University of Bedfordshire
Citation:
Almeida J (2017) 'Complementary and alternative medicine’s attempts at occupational closure: a thematic analysis driven by grounded theory', in (ed(s).). SAGE Research Methods Cases, edn, : SAGE pp.-.
Publisher:
SAGE
Journal:
Sage Research Methods Cases
Issue Date:
3-Mar-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622593
DOI:
10.4135/9781526419385
Type:
Book chapter
Language:
en
ISSN:
9781526419385
ISBN:
9781526419385
Appears in Collections:
Health

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dc.contributor.authorAlmeida, Joanaen
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-11T09:58:32Z-
dc.date.available2018-04-11T09:58:32Z-
dc.date.issued2017-03-03-
dc.identifier.citationAlmeida J (2017) 'Complementary and alternative medicine’s attempts at occupational closure: a thematic analysis driven by grounded theory', in (ed(s).). SAGE Research Methods Cases, edn, : SAGE pp.-.en
dc.identifier.isbn9781526419385-
dc.identifier.issn9781526419385-
dc.identifier.doi10.4135/9781526419385-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622593-
dc.description.abstractWhen I embarked on my PhD in 2007, I embraced two research areas which became my main areas of sociological interest: health and the professions. I had decided to explore the topic of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners in Portugal. My decision was influenced by the fact that very little sociological analysis had been done on the dynamics of complementary and alternative medicine in Portugal, particularly from the perspective of the sociology of professions, an area within sociology which analyzes the role and status of professionals in society. In some countries, the “revival” of complementary and alternative medicine and the professionalization of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners were being increasingly discussed and analyzed. I decided to contribute to closing this knowledge gap by exploring these topics in Portugal. I analyzed complementary and alternative medicine practitioners’, medical doctors’, and institutional actors’ perspectives on complementary and alternative medicine regulation and adopted a sociological lens based on a neo-Weberian theory of the professions, a theory centered on the strategies used by occupational groups to gain and/or maintain professional standing in the marketplace. In this case study, I provide an account of how dominant strategies used by complementary and alternative medicine practitioners to gain professional status within health care in Portugal can be derived from a thematic analysis of 20 semi-structured interviews with traditional acupuncturists and traditional homeopaths. With this case, I illustrate (a) how thematic analysis embraces chaos and uncertainty but ends in a rewarding systematization of the data and engagement with theory, and (b) how I combined thematic analysis with grounded theory to simultaneously verify, validate, and generate theory.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAGEen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectcomplementary and alternative medicineen
dc.subjectPortugalen
dc.titleComplementary and alternative medicine’s attempts at occupational closure: a thematic analysis driven by grounded theoryen
dc.title.alternativeSAGE Research Methods Casesen
dc.typeBook chapteren
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalSage Research Methods Casesen
dc.date.updated2018-04-11T09:35:10Z-
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