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
Chapter. 6883 words.
Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change
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