On the Politics of Ignorance in Nursing and Health Care : Knowing Ignorance
Focusing explicitly on nursing practice and its organization within contemporary health settings, Perron and Rudge draw on contemporary interdisciplinary debates to discuss social processes informed by ignorance, ignorance's temporal and spatial boundaries, and how ignorance defines what can be known by specific groups with differential access to power and social status. Using feminist, postcolonial and historical analyses, this book challenges dominant conceptualizations and discusses a range of "nonknowledges" in nursing and health work, including uncertainty, abjection, denial, deceit and taboo. It also explores the way dominant research and managerial practices perpetuate ignorance in healthcare organisations.
In health contexts, productive forms of ignorance can help to future-proof understandings about the management of healthy/sick bodies and those caring for them. Linking these considerations to nurses' approaches to challenges in practice, this book helps to unpack the power situated in the use of ignorance and pays special attention to what is safe or unsafe to know, from both individual and organisational perspectives.
On the Politics of Ignorance in Nursing and Health Care is an innovative read for all students and researchers in nursing and the health sciences interested in understanding more about transactions between epistemologies, knowledge building practices and research in the health domain. It will also be of interest to scholars involved in the interdisciplinary study of ignorance.
- Hardback | 112 pages
- 159 x 235 x 15.24mm | 318g
- 03 Sep 2015
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- black & white illustrations
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Table of contents
Paula N. Kagan, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, DePaul University Chicago, USA
Editor, Philosophies and Practices of Emancipatory Nursing: Social Justice as Praxis, Routledge, 2014 (with Marlaine C. Smith and Peggy L. Chinn)
Perron and Rudge have delivered a provocative and original work. Shining a light on the darkness of ignorance, the authors reveal its uses and its political power in health care policy and practice. An intelligent and penetrating piece of scholarship, this is a book to unsettle the reader's certainties. Be prepared to embrace an ethics of discomfort!ã ã
Sioban Nelson, Professor, Vice-Provost Academic Programs, Vice-Provost Faculty and Academic Life, University of Toronto, Canada
This is a remarkable book. It reminds of the importance of doubt, uncertainty and immersion for knowledge. Moving between philosophical insight, sociological theory and empirical example, it offers a unique approach to
interrogating nursing and health care practice. Its insight is to put ignorance centre stage for illuminating the biopolitics of how nurses conduct care.
Joanna Latimer, Professor of Sociology, Cardiff Universiy, School of Social Science
About Amelie Perron
Trudy Rudge is the Professor of Nursing (Social Sciences and Humanities) at Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney, Australia.