Trading Cards and Common Ground: Paramedic Story-telling and Narrative Purpose

dc.contributor.advisorFinnis, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorMorgan, Monica
dc.date.accessioned2018-06-01T13:38:58Z
dc.date.available2018-06-01T13:38:58Z
dc.date.copyright2018-05
dc.date.created2018-05-29
dc.date.issued2018-06-01
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Sociology and Anthropologyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.degree.programmePublic Issues Anthropologyen_US
dc.description.abstractParamedics are storytellers. The profession lends itself to acts of narration, with every service call becoming woven into a tale about odds overcome, and laced with humorous rhetoric. In this thesis, I argue that paramedics’ stories do more than fill the air with conversation to pass the time. They serve a distinct purpose within the professional culture, allowing for its members to navigate the harshest realities of their work environment. By applying an ethnography of communication framework I examine the uses of paramedic narratives while also combating the insider bias of being a paramedic myself. In using a combination of participant observation and semi-structured interviews, I explore the diverse purposes of paramedic narratives, which include educating, building a sense of belonging, validating decisions, and compartmentalizing trauma.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10214/13109
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectparamedicen_US
dc.subjectstory-tellingen_US
dc.subjectnarrativeen_US
dc.subjecthealth careen_US
dc.subjectPTSDen_US
dc.subjectEMSen_US
dc.subjectfirst responderen_US
dc.titleTrading Cards and Common Ground: Paramedic Story-telling and Narrative Purposeen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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