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Comment les objets construisent nos raisons d’agir

Abstract : The hospital institution has established a frame with technical devices and discourses which constraints actors’ agency whether they are patients or professionals. The non-human environment and the technical scripts shape the medical and professional status of the actors they enroll. Through these boundaries, set up by the socio-technical environment, the individual is endowed with both limitations as well as specific skills. The management of pressure ulcers on the one hand and of patients in an interventional cardiology unit on the other highlights how technical and organizational arrangements define the professional identity of both caregivers and the ‘self’ of hospitalized patients. Through the study of care instruments, this paper aims to demonstrate the socio-technical nature of these roles and identity constructions that simultaneously modify the definition of actors and institutions. The medical and technical support disables the subject; it reduces the patient’s capacity by taking away any functional autonomy. Thereby the support constructs health system users who cannot enjoy and promote their new rights (French law of March 2002). Conversely, professionals have the ability to act in ways that become apparent in the management of patients. The management of materials and technical aids promotes action that may be seen either as care or cure according to the use that is made of the recruited tools.
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Jacques Orvain, Christelle Routelous. Comment les objets construisent nos raisons d’agir. Studia Philosophica, 2011, pp.101-108. ⟨10.24894/StPh-fr.2011.70012⟩. ⟨hal-03541605⟩



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