Assertion and assumption: a single site study of acute healthcare chaplaincy

Bryant, Joanna Rachel (2014). Assertion and assumption: a single site study of acute healthcare chaplaincy. University of Birmingham. M.Res.

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This thesis documents the study of a single acute healthcare chaplaincy team, situated within the field of practical theology as a method of critically engaging with the self-understandings of healthcare chaplains. This thesis aims to address the gaps in the current chaplaincy literature which do not consider the role and self-understandings of minority faith chaplains, and to add a localised dimension to the existing research which tends to examine chaplains in isolation rather than as teams. The main study consisted of two weeks of observations and semi-structured interviews between April-May 2013. The findings challenge the view that chaplaincy is a unified entity, and contribute new themes to the field, including minority faith approaches to chaplaincy, inter-faith collaboration and humour. This thesis highlights significant continuities and changes in healthcare chaplaincy over the past decade, justifying further research into chaplaincy as a useful lens for examining how faith communities relate to public institutions and the public square.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Res.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Res.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Department of Theology and Religion
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine


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