Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Re-negotiating Symbolic Capital, Status, and Knowledge: Polish Physicians in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2015 (English)In: Rethinking Ethnography in Central Europe / [ed] Hana Cervinkova, Michal Buchowski, Zdenek Uherek, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, 41-57 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter explores what happens when well-educated, highly skilled professionals leave their country of origin to work abroad to make use of their skills and competences in another organizational framework and cultural context. Do they experience any limits regarding the acknowledgement of their seemingly transnational competences and diplomas? What kind of obstacles do they meet and what are their strategies for reestablishing professionalism and status in a new setting? We present the results from our ethnographic study “Polish Doctors in Swedish Medical Care”  as a point of departure for a Bourdieu-inspired discussion on negotiations regarding symbolic capital in another national medical field (cf. Bourdieu 1984, 1988) and the conditions and limitations of transnational mobility of symbolic capital.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 41-57 p.
Keyword [en]
symbolic capital, mobility, physicians, status, professionalism, Poland, Sweden, medical field
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-105945ISBN: 9781137524485OAI: diva2:839157
Available from: 2015-07-01 Created: 2015-07-01 Last updated: 2016-03-31Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links


Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Wolanik Boström, Katarzyna
By organisation
Department of culture and media studies
Cultural Studies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 50 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link