Autonomy and Caring: toward a Marxist understanding of nursing work

Traynor, Michael ORCID: (2019) Autonomy and Caring: toward a Marxist understanding of nursing work. Nursing Philosophy, 20 (4) , e12262. ISSN 1466-7681 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1111/nup.12262)

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The aim of this paper is to re‐examine nursing work from a Marxist perspective by means of a critique of two key concepts within nursing: autonomy and caring. Although Marx wrote over 150 years ago, many see continuing relevance to his theories. His concepts of capital, ideology and class antagonism are employed in this paper. Nursing's historical insertion into the developing hospital system is seen in terms of a loss of autonomy covered over by the development of cults of loyalty toward those institutions, while the concept of emotional labour is used to re‐examine nursing's high valuing of “caring” and to understand it as potentially exploitative of nurses. Raising awareness of this alternative way of understanding nursing work can become a first step toward change.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 26863
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Traynor, M. Autonomy and caring: Towards a Marxist understanding of nursing work. Nurs Philos. 2019; 20:e12262.], which has been published in final form at [Link to final article using the DOI]. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2019 12:21
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