Critical, post-structural, interpretive interactionism: an update on Denzin’s methodology
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Critical, post-structural, interpretive interactionism: an update on Denzin’s methodology

Deborah Sundin Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Kathleen Fahy Professor of midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

This paper by Deborah Sundin and Kathleen Fahy critiques Denzin’s interpretive interactionism in light of critical and postmodern ideas that undermine its theoretical foundations. The authors argue that interpretive interactionism can be improved by acknowledging insights from critical social theory. They present modifications and adaptations to arrive at a methodologically robust research design called critical, post-structural, interpretive interactionism

Many years of practice as critical care nurses indicated to us that doctors, nurses and relatives suffer because they are involved in, or are affected by, interactions about end-of-life decision-making. It seemed to us that the way the interactions were managed inevitably caused avoidable suffering. Relatives and nurses were angry or confused because they often perceived that they were excluded from decision-making and doctors were distressed by their perceived lonely burden. This led to a recently completed study (hereafter called the end-of-life study) concerning the interactions involved in end-of-life decision-making (not yet published).

Nurse Researcher. 16, 1, 7-23. doi: 10.7748/nr2008.10.16.1.7.c6750

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