The construction of physiotherapists’ identities through collective memory work

  • Ralph Hammond

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


This thesis examines the challenges for professional practice, socialisation, and identity in Physiotherapy. The government‘s modernisation agenda and society‘s increasing expectations of healthcare require physiotherapists to update their role, location, and identity. Physiotherapy has viewed identity as a fixed entity emphasizing coherence, continuity and distinctiveness. Socialisation has required the acquisition of a professional identity as one among several necessary assets‘ for novices. Yet how do physiotherapists come to be the physiotherapists they are?
Date of AwardApr 2013
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton

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