Juggling with the norms: Everyday practice in an emergency service in Niger

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The chapter investigates the inhospitality of Nigerien hospitals. Based on participant observation with the National Hospital of Niamey, the author describes the daily functioning of the emergency services. He points out the crucial role played by the patients' attendants in oiling the functioning of health facilities and the provision of care. The article explores how medical staff interact with patients and how they both contribute in producing the practical norms that shape the functioning of the emergency service.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReal governance and practical norms in Sub-Saharan Africa : The game of the rules
EditorsTom De Herdt, Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan
Number of pages19
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)978-1-13-885258-7
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Africa
  • Bureaucracy
  • governance
  • Corruption
  • Informal Economy
  • practical norms

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