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Recuperating women’s care work in 2010s television fictions of nurses and nursing in the neoliberal NHS

Hamad, Hannah ORCID: 2024. Recuperating women’s care work in 2010s television fictions of nurses and nursing in the neoliberal NHS. Tomsett, Ellie, Weidhase, Nathalie and Wilde, Poppy, eds. Working Women on Screen: Paid Labour and Fourth Wave Feminism, Palgrave Studies in (Re)Presenting Gender, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 125-145. (10.1007/978-3-031-49576-2_6)
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This chapter explores screen media depictions of nurses and care work in series produced and aired in the context of a UK political climate defined by neoliberal imperatives. It interrogates a selection of case study examples of British television fictions of nursing from the 2010s that differently depict nurses’ experiences of managing and negotiating the dilemmas for women of doing care work in a neoliberalised National Health Service. It does so with a view to arguing that the neoliberalism that informed and led to the passing of the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 [HASCA 2012] and its subsequent implementation, beginning in 2013, are key contexts in relation to which these depictions of women in the nursing profession must be understood. The chapter begins with an interrogative contextual analysis of the BBC sitcom Getting On (2009–2013), which lampoons NHS managerialism and bureaucracy, and culminates in a case study analysis of the issues raised by the depiction of nursing and care work in the first series of the BBC drama Trust Me (2017–).

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9783031495755
Last Modified: 08 May 2024 12:52

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