Re-negotiating Symbolic Capital, Status, and Knowledge: Polish Physicians in Sweden
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)
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.
symbolic capital, mobility, physicians, status, professionalism, Poland, Sweden, medical field
Research subject Ethnology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-105945ISBN: 9781137524485OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-105945DiVA: diva2:839157