Florence Nightingale (1820–1910)

  • Vineeta Sinha


Florence Nightingale is possibly one of the most famous women of nineteenth-century Britain. With some rare exceptions, Nightingale has mostly remained invisible in social science discourses. Few have read her as a social thinker or as an applied social scientist. Nightingale’s multifarious expertise and capabilities as a hospital and public health administrator, statistician and methodologist, consultant to the War Office in London and an engaged intellectual who brought into the public arena issues relating to prostitution, poverty, nursing, army hospitals, sanitary reform, public health, Indian famines, British rule in India, workhouses, infirmaries, and so on have typically not been highlighted in mainstream discourses about her. Her persona as a nurse denies Nightingale’s contributions a rightful place in the history of ideas as a producer of sociological knowledge and social reformer.


Statistics and social reform Methodologist Social commentary Feminism Gender Family and marriage 


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  • Vineeta Sinha
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  1. 1.SociologyNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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