Parents of seriously ill children struggle to traverse both the physical and emotional spaces of hospitals. Off the Map, a performance born out of an ethnographic research project and personal experience, employs a digital map to explore the institutional guidance offered to parents of hospitalized children. In this article, the script from Off the Map is integrated with text from a classroom discussion about the performance, ethnographic interviews with parents of seriously ill children, and a theoretically-grounded discussion of cartography as a performance metaphor. Implications for practice include a call for parents and practitioners to consider multiple ways of mapping healthcare spaces and experiences.
Would You Like a Map?: Explorations in Hospital Cartography
Lindy Grief Davidson is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida. Off the Map was performed at the 2014 National Communication Association annual convention. The Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Studies at the University of South Florida provided assistantship funding for research used in this project. Correspondence to: Lindy Grief Davidson, Department of Communication, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CIS 1040, Tampa, FL 33620, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lindy Grief Davidson; Would You Like a Map?: Explorations in Hospital Cartography. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2016; 5 (1): 23–36. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2016.5.1.23
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