IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(11): 715-718 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.913

Innovation Among Elite Paramedics the Dynamics of Interprofessional Identities and Practice

Ashok Jashapara
Abstract—This article presents an ethnographic account of professional identity formation among a new breed of Elite paramedics in the UK. Drawing on interviews, observations and documentary evidence, we establish an emergent theory of ‘intersectional professional identity’ that highlights the interaction between personal and public selves in the construction of professional identity. Our analysis evaluates intra- and inter-professional relationships between Elite healthcare professionals engaged in pre-hospital care and draw on intersectional theory to understand how intersecting personal identities are situated in organizational systems of privilege or oppression. Our findings demonstrate that professional identity formation is driven by a combination of ‘knowledge constitutive’ interests that operate at technical, practical or emancipatory levels.

Index Terms—Professional identity, intersectionality, knowledge constitutive interests, identity politics, medical socialization, paramedics

Ashok Jashapara is with Royal Holloway – University of London, School of Management, Surrey TW20 0EX, UK (e-mail: ashok.jashapara@rhul.ac.uk).

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Cite: Ashok Jashapara, "Innovation Among Elite Paramedics the Dynamics of Interprofessional Identities and Practice," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 11, pp. 715-718, 2017.

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