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The Race and Class of Women's Work

Teresa Scherzer
Race, Gender & Class
Vol. 10, No. 3, Interdisciplinary Topics in Race, Gender, and Class (2003), pp. 23-41
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41675086
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Abstract

The labor process of hospital nursing is a key theoretical site to examine the intersectionality of race, gender, and class. This paper synthesizes historical and sociological accounts of nursing, in order to explicitly demonstrate how race, gender and class together created nursing as race- and class-stratified "women's work." Drawing on theoretical frameworks that emphasize the intersectionality of oppression, I analyze how race, gender, and class 1) shaped different occupational structures and labor processes in hospital nursing, and 2) structured conflicts and inequalities between capital and labor, and between different groups of nursing workers. I argue that nursing is a key site for identifying and addressing the historical conflicts and inequalities among all working people.

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