Nursing The Image

Nursing The Image

by Julia Hallam
     
 

ISBN-10: 041518455X

ISBN-13: 9780415184557

Pub. Date: 08/31/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Ideas of 'nursing' and 'nurses' carry a powerful social charge. The image of the nurse continues to be a symbol of caring and of duty at the same time as it projects a view of femininity, 'stereotypical' in its gender relations.

How has this image come to be constructed?

An empirical investigation of representations of nursing practices in Britain focusing on

Overview

Ideas of 'nursing' and 'nurses' carry a powerful social charge. The image of the nurse continues to be a symbol of caring and of duty at the same time as it projects a view of femininity, 'stereotypical' in its gender relations.

How has this image come to be constructed?

An empirical investigation of representations of nursing practices in Britain focusing on publicity and promotional materials and their relationship to popular fictional narratives reveals a strong correlation between what are usually described as discrete forms of signification. Recruitment images, provide an important source of information and inspiration for those considering nurse training. Julia Hallam, draws from a wide range of sources including biographies, marketing and recruitment literature, popular fiction and film to explore this question. In doing so she makes an original contribution to the debates surrounding gender and occupational identity.

The book will provide a valuable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students on courses such as the social history of nursing, the understanding of health and illness, women's studies, gender studies and sociology courses.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415184557
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/31/2000
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: (Auto)biography, research and feminist cultural studies

1. Images, identities and selves

Images: nursing and feministy

Identities: nurses and their professional image

Selves: personal conceptions of professional identity

2. The popular imagination

Reification and recruitment: images in post-war Britain

Irreverence and romance: the 1950s and 1960s

Fascination and aspiration: the romantic ideal

Soap, sex and satire: the late 1960s and early 1970s

3. The professional imagination

A divided identity

Class divisions: job or profession?

Gender divisions: men enter the picture

Racial divisions: visible differences

Image and identity: Briggs and the image of nursing

4. The personal imagination

Self-image and uniform identities

Knowing your place: hierarchy, status and the self

Out of place: re-location, racism and the 'other'

The 'proper' nurse: self as image, image as self

5. The contemporary imagination

Recruitment in crisis

Romance in crisis

Equal opportunities in crisis: medical drama

Carry on caring

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