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

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dc.contributor.advisor Finnis, Elizabeth Morgan, Monica 2018-06-01T13:38:58Z 2018-06-01T13:38:58Z 2018-05 2018-05-29 2018-06-01
dc.description.abstract Paramedics 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.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject paramedic en_US
dc.subject story-telling en_US
dc.subject narrative en_US
dc.subject health care en_US
dc.subject PTSD en_US
dc.subject EMS en_US
dc.subject first responder en_US
dc.title Trading Cards and Common Ground: Paramedic Story-telling and Narrative Purpose en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Public Issues Anthropology en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of Sociology and Anthropology en_US
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