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Title:'A Man is a Clumsy Thing Who Does Not Know How to Handle a Sick Person': Aspects of the History of Masculinity and Race in the Shaping of Male Nursing in South Africa.1900-1950
Author:Burns, Catherine
Year:1998
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Volume:24
Issue:4
Period:December
Pages:695-717
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:gender relations
health personnel
Health and Nutrition
Labor and Employment
History and Exploration
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/2637470
Abstract:This paper examines the history of the emergence of male nurses in South Africa and the concomitant debates about training, employment and policy concerning male nurses, particularly black male nurses. Contradictions - stretched across racial and class divides - emerged around the gendered division of nursing, and its explicit connection to womanliness. However, in times of war and industrial, particularly mining, health settings these stresses produced opportunities for the recognition of men as nurses. The paper makes use of official reports, minutes of meetings, letters and autobiographical accounts as well as recorded debates to analyse the terrain upon which men emerged as professional nurses. It shows that South Africa's medical services reached a potential turning point in the wake of the Loram Commission in 1928 (which proposed the introduction of special courses for the training of native medical men) and again after the Second World War, but in each case narrow, specifically racialized and gendered policies dominated. Notes, ref., sum.
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