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Complex Professional Learning: Physicians Working for Aid Organisations
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2018 (English)In: Professions & Professionalism, ISSN 1893-1049, E-ISSN 1893-1049, Vol. 8, no 1, article id e2002Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses the issue of professional learning of Swedish physicians returning from their work for international aid organisations in the global South. It is a qualitative case study based on 16 in-depth interviews,whichuses a thematic narrative analysis, a typology of knowledge, and the concept of symbolic capital. The doctors’ assignments in settings radically different from the welfare state context meant professional challenges, including an initial feeling of de-skilling, but also enhanced reflexivity andintensiveand complex learning. The doctors acquired new medical and organisational knowledge, improved diagnostic skills, new perspectives on different health care systems, cultural contexts, global power relations, and postcolonial hierarchies. Since their return to Sweden, they have encountered a friendly but rather shallow interest in their experiences. Their new insights and ideas for change have not been easy to validate assymbolic capital, and their intensive individual learning is seldom utilised for organisational learning.

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2018. Vol. 8, no 1, article id e2002
Keywords [en]
Physicians, health care, Sweden, mobility, aid organisations, global South, professional learning, reflexivity
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Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146037DOI: 10.7577/pp.2002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-146037DiVA, id: diva2:1193549
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What is the use of ’internationalisation’ for transfer of knowledge and professional status? – A case of highly skilled international returners in the medical field" (MM Wallenbergsfond)
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Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, (MMW) 2012-0184Available from: 2018-03-27 Created: 2018-03-27 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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