Meaning in Action: Interpretation and Dialogue in Policy by Hendrik Wagenaar

By Hendrik Wagenaar

This obtainable booklet offers teachers, graduate scholars, and researchers a finished evaluate of the mammoth, diversified, and sometimes complicated panorama of interpretive coverage research. it really is either theoretically expert and transparent and jargon-free because it discusses the explicit strengths and weaknesses of alternative interpretive approaches--all with a pragmatic orientation in the direction of doing coverage research

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She wouldn’t do it. She kept thinking her main purpose was to clean here. . She tried so hard to please everybody, but she couldn’t do what we wanted her to do, so she failed here” (italics added). The shelter staff then tried to transfer Dorothy, but discovered that they had very few options. She was turned down by another shelter and the shelters in Chicago were considered too violent and too dangerous for her. ) This made the state hospital the only remaining alternative. It also made it necessary for the shelter staff to present Dorothy as someone in an acute psychiatric crisis.

In combination with an explosive increase of admissions proper (from 185,500 in 1955 to over 400,000 in 1970), experts and policy makers felt that the problem of readmissions was out of control. Psychiatrists jumped to these numbers with a predictable “I-told-you-so” attitude, and argued that patients had to return to the hospital because they had been insufficiently treated. Angry commentaries in psychiatric journals began to point to what they saw as one of the uglier consequences of community mental health reform: an abandonment of the national responsibility for the severely mentally ill.

1991; Wagenaar, 1987), or the emergence of the school as we know it from the confusing beginnings of the early Prussian state (T. Hunter, 1996), or the evaluation of a particular educational reform (Dunne, 1993; Schwandt, 2002)—our work begins with the careful and precise registering of the concrete behaviors of concrete actors. Now, these behaviors can have many different manifestations. They can be statements in interviews, observed activities, written statements in documents, both formal (reports, laws, position papers) and informal (letters, diaries).

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