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Why nurses should be Marxists.

Porter, S., 2019. Why nurses should be Marxists. Nursing Philosophy, 20 (4), e12269.

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DOI: 10.1111/nup.12269


The argument that nurses should be Marxists is made by looking at the primary areas of nursing activity in turn, giving an example of how capitalist economic relations negatively impact upon that activity, and providing a Marxist explanation of the reasons why it has that impact. In relation to the nursing activity of health promotion, it is argued that capitalism's generation of social inequality undermines the health of the population. In relation to curative activities, the focus is on how capitalism's reckless pursuit of profit has subverted the sustainability of bactericidal interventions. The argument in relation to comforting and assistive care is that the ownership and control of health services by capitalist corporations undermines therapeutic relationships. Finally, in relation to supportive care, it is contended that capitalism's requirement for a disciplined workforce can compromise healthcare professionals' support of employees. It is concluded that if nurses aspire to have some control over their activities, then it is a good idea for them to avail of Marxism's capacity to identify the socio-economic mechanisms by which capitalism affects nursing care.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:capitalism; health services; inequality; nursing care; privatization; surplus value
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:32599
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:31 Jul 2019 15:20
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:17


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