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'Playing' doctors and nurses? Competing discourses of gender, power and identity in the British National Health Service

Leonard, Pauline (2003) 'Playing' doctors and nurses? Competing discourses of gender, power and identity in the British National Health Service The Sociological Review, 51, (2), pp. 218-237. (doi:10.1111/1467-954X.00416).

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This paper adopts a feminist poststructuralist approach to demonstrate the ambiguities and complexities which exist in the relationship between work and subject. Recent studies in organizational sociology have argued that the discourses of work, and changing working cultures, have had a powerful effect on the production of subjectivities. New forms of working behaviour have been constructed as desirable, which often draw on personal qualities such as gender. This paper draws on research conducted with doctors and nurses in the British National Health Service to reveal the ambiguities which exist in the ways in which individuals position themselves in relation to these discourses. The discourses of work and organization are constantly mediated through, and destabilised by, the intertextuality that exists with competing discourses such as those of professionalism, gender, home and performance. Although organizational discourses are clearly powerful in the construction and performance of subjectivities, the interplay between discourses means that these are constantly destabilised and undermined.

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Published date: 2003


Local EPrints ID: 34009
ISSN: 0038-0261
PURE UUID: dec7e150-6810-4534-9a08-d13d9534c2d4
ORCID for Pauline Leonard: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 16 May 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:51

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