What is it about?

In this paper I draw on positioning theory to show how we interlayer stories and routines to justify constraints on patient autonomy. I show how actors position illness in talk‐in‐interaction, moving between the there and then of reported events and the above and beyond of shared societal discourses to say what matters and what's to be done here and now.

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It showcases the benefits of an interplay between narrative and routine perspectives, a theory-method developed by combining post-classical narratology and routine dynamics theory. It also shows how such an approach can enrich positioning theory.


This paper emerged from a discourse analytical study of a Czech media scandal concerning mental illness, to which I added a comparative case reported on by French sociologists. In choosing this unusual combination I wanted to explore the possibilities of secondary data analysis.

Simon Smith
Univerzita Karlova

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This page is a summary of: Storifying routines and routinising stories: A dualistic subject positioning analysis of controversies about constraints on patient autonomy, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, March 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jtsb.12267.
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