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In the French Third Republic, nursing was an occupation caught in the crosscurrents of conflicting notions about the role of women. This deft political history shows how the turmoil and transformation of nursing during this period reflected the political and cultural tensions at work in the nation, including critical conflicts over the role of the Church in society, the professionalization of medicine, the organization and growing militancy of the working classes, and the emancipation of women. This book describes a time when nursing evolved from a vocation dominated by Catholic orders to a feminine profession that included increasing numbers of lay women. As she pursues this story from the founding of the first full-time professional nursing school in Lyons through the changes wrought by World War I, Katrin Schultheiss reveals how the debates over what nurses were to be, know, and do were deeply enmeshed in issues of class, definitions of femininity, the nature of women's work, and the gendered character of social and national service. Her study maps the intersection of these debates with political forces, and their impact on hospital nursing and nursing education, and on the shaping of a feminine version of citizenship in France.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674004917
ISBN-10: 0674004914
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x 26mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Katrin Schultheiss

Katrin Schultheiss is Assistant Professor of History and of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.