Postgraduate - Sociology PhD student
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Marie is an experienced Child and Family Health Nurse working in the community.
PhD title is: How do low income women and child and family health nurses negotiate meaning around motherhood and child-raising?
Central to contemporary ideologies of motherhood is the idea of scientific motherhood, where 'good' mothers are guided by scientific advice from authoritative experts. Historically, child health nurses have conveyed institutionalised norms and values concerning methods of child-raising and family life through surveillance and normalisation practices. The study uses notions from Foucauldian concepts to present a critical interpretation and insight into the nature of the interaction between child health nurses and parents and how they negotiate motherhood. Marie is using qualitative methods; observing and recording interactions between nurses and families followed by separate interviews with all participants.
Bishop, E and Shepherd, M. 2011 Ethical Reflexions: Examining Reflexivity Through the Narrative Paradigm. Qualitative Health Research 21 (9) 1283-1294
Shepherd, M 2011 Behind the Scales: Child and family health nurses taking care of women's emotional wellbeing. Contemporary Nurse 37 (2) 137-148
Authorised by the Interim Head of School, Social Sciences
19 October, 2012