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

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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.
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Keywords: FOUCAULT; HEALTHCARE; HETEROTOPIA; HYBRID SPACES; PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY; PUBLIC–PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Email: [email protected] 2: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 01 October 2018

This article was made available online on 08 August 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Transforming professional and service user identities in the heterotopian ‘hybrid spaces’ of public–private partnerships".

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