Nursing History and the Politics of Welfare

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A quiet revolution has been sweeping through the writing of nursing history over the last decade. Nursing history has been transformed from an internalist and triumphalist form of professional apologetics to a robust and reflective area of scholarship. The seventeen international contributors to this book look at nursing from different perspectives, as it has developed under different regimes and ideologies and at different times, in America, Australia, Britain, Germany, India, the Philippines and South Africa. They highlight the role of politics and gender in understanding nursing history and the part that history has to play in the education of nurses today.

A look at nursing as it has developed under different governments, at different periods, in various countries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415138352
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/6/1997
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
Notes on contributors
Introduction 1
1 Nursing under totalitarian regimes: the case of National Socialism 10
2 The legacy of the history of nursing for post-apartheid South Africa 28
3 The Rockefeller Agenda for American/Philippines nursing relations 45
4 Rescue and redemption - the rise of female medical missions in colonial India during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries 64
5 Outside the profession: nursing staff on Robben Island, 1846-1910 80
6 Convicts and care giving in colonial Australia, 1788-1868 108
7 Independent women: domiciliary nurses in mid-nineteenth-century Edinburgh 133
8 Ordered to care?: professionalization, gender and the language of training, 1915-37 150
9 Ambivalence about nursing's expertise: the role of a gendered holistic ideology in nursing, 1890-1990 164
10 "For the benefit of mankind": Nightingale's legacy and hours of work in Australian nursing, 1868-1939 177
11 Employment conditions for nurses in Australia during World War II 192
12 Seeking jurisdiction: a sociological perspective on Rockefeller Foundation activities in nursing in the 1920s 208
13 Children and state intervention: developing a coherent historical perspective 226
14 Women and the politics of career development: the case of nursing 242
15 Nurses in the archives: archival sources for nursing history 259
Index 275
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