Talking about health in Aotearoa New Zealand

Kearney, Celine Patricia (2016) Talking about health in Aotearoa New Zealand. The 15th national Conference for community languages, and ESOL , The University of Waikato, Aotearoa New Zealand, 14-17 July, 2016. (Unpublished)

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Institutions and organisations operating in broadly health-related areas in Aotearoa New Zealand draw together people from a wide variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds, thus setting up potentially complex communication environments. This study focuses on one health-related workplace and explores issues related to communication which have been identified by nursing professionals, including those in management roles, using questionnaire and interview data. It is underpinned by Holmes & Myerhoff’s (1999) exploration of the use of a Community of Practice framework which draws on Wegner’s (1998, p. 76) three aspects of a Community of Practice: mutual engagement; a joint negotiated enterprise; and a shared repertoire of negotiable resources accumulated over time. It also draws on other aspects of sociolinguistic and social theories (Bell 2014, Coupland, Sarangi & Candlin 2001) in order to understand issues related to these interactions. This presentation will also reflect on how insights from this research might be integrated into in-class work for students intending to move into a health-related profession, to better prepare them for communicating in complex environments.

Item Type:Paper presented at a conference, workshop, or other event which was not published in the proceedings
Keywords that describe the item:Sociolinguistics, identity, community of practice, health-related workplace
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Languages
ID Code:4617
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Deposited On:10 Nov 2016 23:37
Last Modified:10 Nov 2016 23:37

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