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A Controversy of Interpretation: Emergent Agencies in Repurposing Aker Local Hospital

  • Tonje Hungnes
  • Adeline Holmedahl Hvidsten
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Abstract

In Chapter 8, Hungnes and Hvidsten explore how closing a local hospital generated a controversy related to repurposing the hospital’s buildings. The authors focus on the attempt to establish a health arena, which involves co-locating actors from different organizations in the public health sector, following national reform. Six years after the closure of the hospital, the establishment of a health arena was still an ongoing process. Inspired by Social Construction of Technology, the authors argue that this controversy was powered by the ‘interpretive flexibility’ of Aker’s buildings following public issues. Enriching SCOT with the Actor-Network Theory, the authors find that actors mobilized different agencies (physical, historical and regulative) in an attempt to close the controversy in favour of their own interpretation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of StrategyBI Norwegian Business SchoolOsloNorway

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