Transforming professional and service user identities in the heterotopian 'hybrid spaces' of public-private partnerships

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Colleges, School and Institutes

Abstract

Public–private partnerships (PPPs) are interpreted as 'hybrid' organisations that combine the distinct organising principles of public and private sectors. This paper develops a spatial analysis of these 'hybrid spaces' to understand how they transform the practices and identities of professionals and service users. Informed by Foucault's 'heterotopia' concept, the paper considers how the juxtaposition of competing organising principles disrupts established identities, with patients recast as 'consumer-travellers' and staff as 'productive professionals'. The tensions between these organising principles, manifest in the spatial practices of professionals and patients, create opportunities for actors to reflexively contest prescribed practices and identities.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-679
Number of pages17
JournalPolicy and politics
Volume46
Issue number4
Early online date8 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • FOUCAULT, HEALTHCARE, HETEROTOPIA, HYBRID SPACES, PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY, PUBLIC–PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS