Towards a Sociology of Nursing

  • Ricardo A. Ayala

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Differentiation and Structuring

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  3. Influencing the Environment

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  4. Research Practice and Ideas

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      Pages 143-143
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 175-191

About this book


Towards a Sociology of Nursing offers fresh insights from recent research into the nursing profession. Nurses represent an important part of the professionally trained female workforce and, being a middle-class profession, changes in nursing reflect changes of many working women worldwide. Scholarship addressing these changes, however, often consists of narratives of nurses talking about themselves, which can be enriched by a sociological background that foregrounds hypotheses.​

In this book, Ricardo A. Ayala problematises the realities which inform, affect and shape nursing, offering new perspectives on the consequences of those social realities for the nursing profession and society more broadly. He draws on extensive field research with nurses in the workplace, spending time with them, interviewing key actors and reading and analysing documents critically through a distinctive sociological lens.


Nursing Social Ecology of Nursing Nursing Education Gender in Nursing Midwifery Reform in Nursing

Authors and affiliations

  • Ricardo A. Ayala
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-8886-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-8887-3
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