Men in nursing: Re-evaluating masculinities, re-evaluating gender

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Show simple item record Brown, Brian J. 2009-12-04T10:29:38Z 2009-12-04T10:29:38Z 2009-10-01
dc.identifier.citation Brown, B. (2009) Men in nursing: Re-evaluating masculinities, re-evaluating gender. Contemporary Nurse 33 (2), pp.120-129. en
dc.identifier.issn 1037-6178
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dc.description.abstract This paper critically interrogates and re-evaluates the notion that it is somehow difficult being a man in nursing and suggests some ways forward which will allow us to gain a more politically astute purchase on gender, nursing and the socio-political context in which the profession operates. Men appear to be well served by a career in nursing. Despite their lesser numbers they are likely to earn more and be promoted into leadership roles more readily. Yet there is a pervasive sense in the literature on men in nursing that they feel unhappy as a minority in a predominantly female occupation and feel a disjuncture between masculine identity and the nursing role. The genealogy of this idea can be traced to a more extensive literature in the ‘men’s movement’, in sex role theory and masculinity studies which has tended to focus on the putative hurts that men suffer as they are socialized into the male role. This is itself informed by experiences and discourses from therapy, and privileges these kinds of experiences over and above more sober consideration of the respective powers of men and women and the sociopolitical context of the profession. This ‘poor me’ discourse deflects attention away from the business of tackling material inequalities and enables men to encroach further into the agenda of nursing discussions. Instead, a view of men and women in nursing is proposed which is attentive to the historical and political operations of power and which sees subjective experiences as the effects of power rather than as a starting point for analysis. We must place individual experience coherently and exhaustively in the material environment of social space and time. It is in this way that we can genuinely advance the interest of men and women and build an effective profile for the profession as a whole. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd en
dc.subject masculinity en
dc.subject nursing en
dc.subject men en
dc.subject inequality en
dc.subject power en
dc.subject professionalism en
dc.title Men in nursing: Re-evaluating masculinities, re-evaluating gender en
dc.type Article en
dc.researchgroup Participation & Social Justice
dc.researchgroup Psychology
dc.researchgroup Health Policy
dc.researchgroup Mary Seacole Research Centre
dc.researchgroup Health Policy Research Unit
dc.peerreviewed Yes en

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