Women’s Work: Racism Revealed


Women’s Work: Racism Revealed

by Merle A. Jacobs (2013)
[ISBN 978-1-894490-25-2]








“This book is not only an excellent and up-to-date review of the literature on gender,
race and work especially in reference to the nursing profession. Professor Jacobs builds
on the strengths of previous research in developing an interdisciplinary explanation that
implicates individuals, situations, organizations, and resource inadequacies. The inquiry is
formidable, ambitious and provocative. I welcome it and I applaud its intellectual efforts.
The arguments are well articulated within a plethora of themes based on social location,
hybridity, cross- cultural communication, narratives of ideological climates as well as the
mediations of culture and bureaucratic organizations.The review of relevant theoretical
and empirical literature is impressively comprehensive and easy to follow. Dr Jacobs’s
contributions are logically and rightfully insistent on imbricating intersectionalities to
inform, strictly speaking, a conceptual construct that is generic to the designs of capital,
patriarchy, racism and neo-liberalism. One again, contemporary scholarship in health
studies, health and society, nursing, to name only a few disciplines, will profit from this
clear, coherent and consistent set of persuasive findings and analyses.”
Noémia (Naomi) Couto PhD.
Assistant Professor
School of Public Policy and Administration, York University

“The foci of this research are original in contributing to a diverse array of substantive
foci or more significantly to a demonstration of how institutional practices are both
independent and dependent on hegemonic ideological processes. Not only is this
research wonderfully well -grounded in terms of extant studies but succeeds in moving
beyond the orthodox canons of state sponsored research. This study benefits from a
critical reading of the literature surveyed in terms of an examination of reproductions
of inequalities and hegemonic professional practices. Professor Jacobs critically explores
nursing as everyday phenomena located well within the contexts of human rights and
social justice. Indeed, this a rivetting piece of scholarship that will resonate with many
nursing constituencies who have been far too ignored by mainstream scholars. It was also
an engaging and highly enjoyable read. Overall the study is eminently comprehensive,
cogent and creative. As a former practicing nurse from a proud ethno- specific
background as a former practicing nurse who has experienced dislocation as a refugee,
I am as delighted as proud to review this engagingly critical study. Professor Jacobs
succeeds in offering both short and long term solutions, involving the roles of the social
sciences, critical pedagogy and organic intellectuals. She concludes with a provocative
and insightful case for a transformative pedagogy. It is obvious that this analysis benefits
immeasurably from the author’s nursing background. Readers will learn much from this
superb engagement”.
Franca D. Carella
Doctor of Sacred Letters
Executive Director, VitaNova Foundation

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