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Managing suspended transition in medicine and law: Liminal hotspots as resources for change

Motzkau, Johanna F. and Clinch, Megan (2017). Managing suspended transition in medicine and law: Liminal hotspots as resources for change. Theory and Psychology (In press).

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This article explores occasions when professionals in law enforcement and medicine find themselves trapped amidst the paradoxical demands of diagnostic/investigative practice. By juxtaposing research into the experiences of police officers charged with interviewing children who are the alleged victims of sexual abuse, and clinicians tasked with diagnosing and managing contested cases of thyroid disease, the paper develops an understanding of such practice paradoxes as occasions of stalled transition, or liminal hotspots. Drawing on a process theoretical understanding of liminality, the analysis explores the personal, experiential, and affective efficacy of the epistemological framework that both practices share. While liminal hotspots denote paradox stalemates, the paper argues that they are also responsible for recurrent instants of temporary affective unsettledness, and as such can provoke novel thinking and agency towards innovation in practice areas notoriously resistant to change and improvement. Systematizing this property could turn them into resources for change.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Author(s)
ISSN: 1461-7447
Keywords: process theory; psychology; liminality; medical anthropology; thyroid disease; child witnesses; suggestibility; interviewing
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 49040
Depositing User: Johanna Motzkau
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2017 09:13
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 15:40
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