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08c-Telling Tales-198-215 23/5/12 10:40 Page 198 Conclusion The meaning and value of self-mastery Heaven or hell on earth? This study has given an account of the role played by literature (in its broadest sense) in human subjectivity and identity under the working conditions of late-capitalism as these affect the well-being of specialist, middle-class, public sector professionals. The argument claims that application of private business values to public service, backed by an increasing volume of organisational messaging, results in a number of performative

in Telling tales
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stations, carrying out similar duties to male officers and working solely with them. It is important, therefore, to uncover the diversity of women’s policing work and to offer a comparative perspective across time and space. This book examines the professional roles, identities, activities and experiences of women police in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) from a historical perspective, using a range of oral testimonies, documentary and visual sources. In so doing, it also aims to comment more broadly on the gendering of modern surveillance

in Women police
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Quarantine and professional identity in mid nineteenth-century Britain

5 Policing boundaries: quarantine and professional identity in mid nineteenth-century Britain Lisa Rosner Introduction As the British imperial presence spread across the world’s inland seas and oceans from the late eighteenth through the nineteenth centuries, so too did deadly diseases like yellow fever, cholera and dysentery. Management of these diseases invariably created disputes between medical men in Royal Navy ships and those at the ports they visited, over whether specific diseases were communicable and, thus, whether there was any purpose to quarantine

in Mediterranean Quarantines, 1750–1914

man’s daughter to ‘issue from the shadow of the private house’ onto ‘the bridge which lies between the old world and the new’.1 No longer home-bound and repressed like the passive home daughters of the 1910s and 1920s, spinster heroines in Winifred Holtby’s Poor Caroline and South Riding and Virginia Woolf ’s late and often ignored novel The Years are professionalised and to a certain extent politically active. The privileging of professional over sexual identities, however, sits uneasily with feminist discussions of sexuality, such as Holtby’s exposure in Women and

in Odd women?
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Fast time and workplace identity

-pressure and the required transformation into perfect new economy workers discovers their use of appealing narrative principles – linear structure, heroic character and the metaphor of nurturing – to reinforce preferred identity models. Chapter 2 covers the theoretical foundations on which assumptions about the subjectivity and identity of the professional middle 01c-Telling Tales-001-009 23/5/12 10:33 Page 7 Introduction 7 class have been made, including the ideological pressures and contradictions that explain the roots of identity destabilisation and why the group

in Telling tales
Nurses and ECT in Dutch psychiatry, 1940–2010

responsibilities can be observed in the use of ECT, particularly when its application increased during the 1990s, providing nurses with new opportunities for specialised roles. In this chapter I  first explore how nurses took up their work in ECT in the 1940s and 1950s. Then, I examine the way they negotiated their professional identity in the face of dwindling ECT use and fierce anti-psychiatric critique in the 1970s and 1980s. Finally, I discuss how ECT use increased again during the 1990s, affecting nurses’ professional knowledge and authority over ECT. Nurses were able to

in Histories of nursing practice

that separated the naturalist from the scholastic or the non-specialist traveller was his reliance upon precision instruments. The possession and use of specialist equipment enhanced the accuracy and credibility of the naturalist’s observations, forming an integral part of his professional identity. In an environment where voluminous apparatus made by master craftsmen evidenced scholarly rigour, having

in Conquering nature in Spain and its empire, 1750–1850
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04c-Telling Tales-080-117 18/6/12 12:30 Page 80 3 Trauma Ian McEwan’s Saturday: a tale of the vulnerable professional Introduction A number of the points discussed in the previous chapters concerning work conditions and identity security appear in McEwan’s Saturday (2005). Part of the reason for examining them here is to demonstrate how the influence of the market economy is so pervasive, so culturally embedded, that the themes already identified and their effect on the public sector individual, are captured, reflected and (to some extent) normalised in

in Telling tales
A genteel life in trade

artisanal identity is no longer tenable, and ‘the complexity and richness of the lives of early modern craftsmen should not be reduced simply to their labour in the workshop’.2 Did artisans from the building industry, from sawyers and lumber merchants to carpenters, bricklayers and house painters, generally belong to the middling or lower ranks of society? As discussed in the Introduction, the use of the term ‘artisan’ was often imprecise in eighteenth-​century social discourse, embracing the different strata of professional organisation that existed between a master

in Building reputations

proceedings, inquisitions post mortem, wills and marriage licences.23 80—writing local history The most obvious allies of the Public Record Office keepers were the professional historians who benefited from the expansion of history as a separate university discipline, and for whom the subject was primarily about the nation, not the locality. The great narrative historians of the mid-century, among them Macaulay and Froude, addressed a wide general readership, and their interpretations of the national past helped to provide a sense of identity. This was the history of

in Writing local history