9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN19 Sociology of Professions

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 Rethinking Social Inequalities and Professions: Gender, Ethnicity and Class Building I, Auditório 2

All for medicine. Gender, Time and Professional Identity in Hospital Medicine in the UK

Discourses of gender equality in medicine are constructed upon the numerical feminisation of the profession and the availability of flexible approaches to medical training and work. However, we demonstrate in this paper that gendered constructions of time regulate identity of medical professionalism, rendering female doctors and their temporal patterns of work problematic and risky for the status of the profession and the quality of patient care.

Drawing on narrative analysis of 20 interviews with senior National Health Service (NHS) hospital doctors, this paper discusses the way gendered discourses of time serves to inform the meaning and value that hospital doctors give to medical professionalism.

Informed by post-structuralist theory, this paper makes visible the normalisation of gendered conceptions of time, and as such reveals that gendered discourses of time are implicit but yet important sources of gendered inequalities which remained resistant to critique.