Mixed ethnicity, health and healthcare experiences

Matthews 1953-, Bob (2001). Mixed ethnicity, health and healthcare experiences. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.


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The ethnic composition of Britain's population continues to change. This thesis explores the health and healthcare experiences of the fastest-growing sector of our population; people of mixed ethnicity. The thesis contextualises the research with reference to 'race' and ethnicity, immigration, demography and statistics.

This research is based within a Foucauldian theoretical framework and utilises narrative data collection methods and an innovative analysis process, based on the construction of a series of metanarratives, to investigate the manner in which people of mixed ethnicity construct their identifies. It also seeks to explain how their ethnicity impacts both on health status and the nature of the mixed ethnicity healthcare experience in the NHS, particularly within the doctor/patient relationship.

The findings from the research are discussed in relation to existing health policy initiatives and recommendations made for changes in the way in which the needs of people of mixed ethnicity are assessed, concluding that the present analytical categorisation are inadequate and in need of review. The research also concludes that doctors use their powerful position to suppress the discourse of health and mixed ethnicity.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Social Science
School or Department: Department of Social Policy and Social Work
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/1796


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