Journal article / Masculine Advantage in International Nurse Migration from Kerala and Punjab

Walton-Roberts, Margaret. ‘Asymmetrical Therapeutic Mobilities: Masculine Advantage in Nurse Migration from India’. Mobilities 14, no. 1 (January 2019): 20–37.

Abstract (edited): This paper examines masculinity, migration, and the changing occupational status of nursing through the lens of therapeutic mobilities, which refers to the health-related mobilities of people (nurses) and products (credentials).

Indian men have become increasingly interested in nursing as a career, and this interest is strongly associated with the profession’s international motility—its mobility potential. This paper traces the migration trajectory across time (2008–2016), and over space (India to Canada), and reveals an over-representation of male nurses in international migration contexts (Canada) compared to the Indian context (Kerala and Punjab). Male nurses also disproportionally benefit from these mobilities in terms of their occupational success post migration.

Mobilities can be therapeutic for the status of nursing in India, which rises in line with the degree of international motility the profession offers. But gendered distinctions in the outcomes of the migration process illustrate the importance of highlighting uneven mobilities. International mobilities are also deeply implicated in ongoing transformations occurring in the ‘moorings’ of nursing educational, employment, and regulatory structures in India.

More info: https://doi.org/10.1080/17450101.2018.1544404

Reposted from Kerala Scholars eGroup

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