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Daring to Care: American Nursing and Second-Wave Feminism Paperback – November 26, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0252074813 ISBN-10: 0252074815 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1 edition (November 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252074815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252074813
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Former pediatric nurse Malka writes from the point of view of both a nurse and a historian, providing a rich perspective on the timely issues addressed in the book. Highly recommended."--Choice

"A valuable addition to all levels of nursing and women's studies curricula. It makes the important connection between the evolution of nursing, and feminist thinking and activism."--Women's Review of Books

 “Daring to Care provides a fresh, valuable perspective on the history of women, feminism, nursing, medicine, and the professions; it should be required reading for anyone interested in the history of American nursing.”--The Journal of American History

Book Description

Daring to Care examines the impact of second-wave feminism on the nursing field since the 1960s. In arguing that feminism helped to end nursing’s subordination to medicine and provided nurses with greater autonomy and professional status, Susan Gelfand Malka discusses two distinct eras in nursing history. The first extended from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, when feminism seemed to belittle the occupation in its analysis of gender subordination but also fueled nursing leaders’ drive for greater authority and independence. The second era began in the mid-1980s, when feminism grounded in the ethics of care appealed to a much broader group of caregivers and was incorporated into nursing education. While nurses accepted aspects of feminism, they did not necessarily identify as feminists; nonetheless, they used, passed on, and developed feminist ideas, which is evident in nursing school curricula changes and the increase in self-directed and specialized roles available to twenty-first-century expert caregivers.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. T. Smith on January 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
I had read part of Malka's very long dissertation when I found this 2007 book (which is a distillation of the dissertation). Both publications cover an important subject - the impact of the women's movement of the 1960s on nursing. I've been researching this for a PhD comprehensive exam essay on a related topic and there are not too many sources on this. I did find Leighow's 1996 Nurses' Questions/Women's Questions also helpful. But Malka's book focuses more intently on the impact of the movement on nursing education and theory. She traces the changes to nursings more recent searches for a unique identity and area of autonomous practice. I'm definitely going to recommend that our History of Medicine collection at the University of Rochester acquire this title. It seems to me (a non-nurse) to be a valid contribution to the history of this period, and represents an area not comprehensively discussed in the nursing literature that I've surveyed.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kaycee Murphy on September 24, 2013
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Came in good shape and did not take long. Would recommend it to others. Good quality of information inside the book
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