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Gender, Work and Medicine
Women and the Medical Division of Labour

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August 1993 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Even though the proportion of female doctors is rising, continued constraints are placed on women in the health professions. A critical assessment of the division of labor in medicine, Gender, Work, and Medicine reveals the centrality of gender divisions both between and within the individual medical and health professions. Drawing on accounts from different countries and a wide range of such professional groups as doctors, nurses, and midwives, the contributors examine the extent to which the division of labor is changing and the effects of such changes on the status of women within the health professions. This broad-ranging book will be invaluable reading for students and lecturers in the medical professions, medical sociology, and gender studies. "The audience for this book is medical sociologists, policy makers and planners concerned with health work-force issues, and those who would encourage the professional development of women. The studies in this book not only contribute to empirical knowledge of sex as a factor in the division of labor in medicine, but also challenge existing sociological approaches to the study of professionals." --The New England Journal of Medicine "Gender, Work, and Medicine, edited by Elianne Riska and Katarina Wegar, addresses a void in the literature on the changing character of the medical profession and examines the gendered division of labor in various countries. . . . This book is a substantial contribution to the literature on the organization of work within and between health-care occupations. Wegar's provocative concluding essay places the diverse chapters in a broader theoretical framework. . . . Gender, Work, and Medicine is a valuable resource for anyone studying organizations and occupations or medical sociology, as well as those focusing more generally on gender stratification. The book contributes to a growing body of evidence indicating that researchers should not analyze the effect of organizational structures on the health professions in gender-neutral terms, and it is an excellent introduction to research on the complex social mechanisms affecting women's representation in health-care occupations." --Contemporary Sociology

 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Elianne Riska
Introduction
 
PART TWO: THE MEDICAL PROFESSION
S Muthu Chidambaram
Sex Stereotyping of Women Doctors' Contribution to Medicine
India

 
Mary Ann Elston
Women Doctors in a Changing Profession
The Case of Britain

 
Judith Lorber
Why Women Physicians Will Never be True Equals in the American Medical Profession
Elianne Riska and Katarina Wegar
Women Physicians
A New Force in Medicine?

 
 
PART THREE: OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Mick Carpenter
The Subordination of Nurses in Health Care
Towards a Social Divisions Approach

 
Raymond G de Vries
A Cross-national View of the Status of Midwives
Arnim[ac]ee Kazanjian
Health-Manpower Planning or Gender Relations? The Obvious and the Oblique
 
PART FOUR: CONCLUSIONS
Katarina Wegar
Conclusions

`The audience for this book is medical sociologists, policy-makers, planners concerned with health work-force issues, and those who would encourage the professional development of women. The studies not only contribute to empirical knowledge of sex as a factor in the division of labor in medicine, but also challenge existing sociological approaches to the study of professionals... The concluding chapter by Wegar is a masterly analysis both of the preceeding chapters' findings and of the misuse of sex as a universalizing explanatory concept' - The New England Journal of Medicine

`Addresses a void in the literature on the changing character of the medical profession and examines the gendered division of labor in various countries... This book is a substantial contribution to the literature on the organization of work within and between health-care occupations. Wegar's provocative concluding essay places the diverse chapters in a broader theoretical context... A valuable resource for anyone studying organizations and occupations or medical sociology, as well as those focusing more generally on gender stratification. The book contributes to a growing body of evidence indicating that researchers should not analyze the effect of organizational structures on the health professions in gender- neutral terms, and it is an excellent introduction to research on the complex social mechanisms affecting women's representation in health care occupations' - Contemporary Sociology

`I found this a useful and interesting, if sometimes sobering, volume with interesting insights into the importance of gender divisions both within and between the health professions' - Medical Sociology News

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