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Subversive citizensPower, agency and resistance in public services$
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Marian Barnes and David Prior

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422088

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422088.001.0001

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Subversive attachments: gendered, raced and professional realignments in the ‘new’ NHS

Subversive attachments: gendered, raced and professional realignments in the ‘new’ NHS

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(p.137) Nine Subversive attachments: gendered, raced and professional realignments in the ‘new’ NHS
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Subversive citizens
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Shona Hunter

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422088.003.0009

This chapter takes a detailed look at the way in which one healthcare professional resists and negotiates his personal and professional identity in the context of a modernisation discourse that creates dilemmas for him through its categorical assumptions concerning ‘older’, male Asian GPs. It begins by considering the ways in which the professional and the social intertwine in public sector modernisation, and in particular how this plays out in the construction of the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ professionalisms in primary care. The bulk of the chapter is devoted to a feminist psychosocial analysis of Navneen's narrative, through which the chapter demonstrates the difference between what he says about gender, race, and generation, and what he feels about them.

Keywords:   professional identity, personal identity, welfare professionals, healthcare professional, public sector modernisation, healthcare modernisation

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