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Towards a Sociology of Nursing


Table of contents

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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ricardo A. Ayala
      Pages 3-8
    3. Ricardo A. Ayala
      Pages 51-63
  3. Influencing the Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Ricardo A. Ayala
      Pages 89-108
  4. Research Practice and Ideas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Ricardo A. Ayala
      Pages 145-156
  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

  1. 1.Department of SociologyGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

About the authors

Ricardo A. Ayala works at the Department of Sociology, Ghent University, Belgium.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Towards a Sociology of Nursing
  • Authors Ricardo A. Ayala
  • DOI
  • 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)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-13-8886-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-8889-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-13-8887-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 191
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medical Sociology
    Sociology of Work
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“The audience is scholars interested in sociological research in nursing, although the author accurately implies the book's usefulness for those teaching nursing. Graduate students in the health professions, in particular and those in leadership roles in healthcare institutions may find that the book expands ways of thinking about sociological issues in the nursing profession. … This book is high quality from the perspective of a dissertation.” (Martha Scheckel, Doody's Book Reviews, November 22, 2019)