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4.10 Men and women communicating differently?

Activity 18

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Reread the summary and quotations from Tannen's and Gray's work on the previous screen, and then make notes in answer to the following questions.

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2.2.11 Scandals, treatments and cost saving

In the 1960s critics of the quality of care for older people, such as Peter Townsend, The Last Refuge (1962), and Barbara Robb, Sans Everything (1967), added their voices to growing criticisms of institutional care, not only for older people but for users of mental health services and people with learning difficulties too. Government had already begun to take account of its responsibilities for the dire state and cost of many of these institutions and in a famous speech in 1961
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1.2 Explaining what we find out

How do we make sense of what we saw? The video tells the story of the hospital in dramatic tones: we hear about a riot, escapes, punishment and drug treatment regimes. But we also hear about football matches, dances and friendships. Even so, they are only part of the story of 60 years and many hundreds of people's lives. We saw several volumes of detailed records. What can be learnt from so much information? How can Howard Mitchell begin to organise all these facts and accounts?

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After studying this unit you should be able to:

  • use Goffman’s model of ‘the total institution’ to organise and explain information that has been observed and recorded;

  • describe the development of large-scale institutions in the nineteenth century which were designed to segregate, control and in some cases, cure, their inmates.


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Introduction

In this unit we consider some of the issues raised by Howard Mitchell who has made a special study of Lennox Castle Hospital, about ten miles from Glasgow at Lennoxtown. His study is the subject of the video clips that accompany this block. Lennox Castle Hospital belongs to the period of the 1920s and 1930s when separate provision for people with learning difficulties was being developed following the 1913 Mental Deficiency Act.

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Illustrations: pp 10,14, 19, 21: Brenda Prince/Format; p19 (top): Sally and Richard Greenhill.

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4 Women's work

Gender and power play a role in keeping issues like this out of the public arena. One reason for women's comparative silence in our culture is that more of what they do is defined as ‘private’ or ‘personal’. Things they talk about are often downgraded – being deemed unimportant, boring or inappropriate. When large and difficult areas of experience are left out of public discussion we need to ask why. Ignoring the experience of certain groups of people is a way of exercising power ov
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References

Abbott, E. and Bompas, K. (1943) The Woman Citizen and Social Security: A Criticism of the Proposals of the Beveridge Report as the Affect Women, Women's Freedom League, London.
Beishon, S., Virdee, S. and Hagell, A. (1995) Nursing in a Multi-Ethnic NHS, Policy Studies Institute, London.
Beveridge, J. (1954) Beveridge and his Plan, Hodder and Stoughton, Lo
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Introduction

This Unit looks at the work of William Beveridge in reforming the field of social welfare after World War II. Particular attention is paid to the attitude towards women and immigrants to the United Kingdom.

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1.3.3 Ineffability

Most people who speak of their near-death experience say they have great difficulty putting it into words because, as one person put it, ‘There is no feeling you experience in normal life that is anything like this’.


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1.1 Leeds General Infirmary

To explore care in the setting of an acute hospital, I visited Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) in the winter of 1996. The hospital provides a service of medical and surgical care for local people and, because it is a specialist teaching hospital with a medical school attached, patients are referred from all over the region for specialist advice, treatment and care. The hospital occupies a bewilderingly large, sprawling site in the centre of Leeds. It is a mix of the old and the new, and at the
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  • identify the different approaches and contributions staff make to care for health in a hospital setting;

  • evaluate the interpersonal relationships of those working together for health in a hospital setting;

  • appreciate how patients might experience care for health in a hospital setting.


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1.6.3 Communicating and engaging

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