A social realist investigation of academic nursing: Specialisation and semantics

McNamara, Martin S., Fealy, Gerard M. and Geraghty, Ruth E. (2011). A social realist investigation of academic nursing: Specialisation and semantics. In: International Nursing Research Conference (2nd, INRC, 2011), CancĂșn, Quintana Roo, Mexico, (). 14-15 July 2011.

Author McNamara, Martin S.
Fealy, Gerard M.
Geraghty, Ruth E.
Title of paper A social realist investigation of academic nursing: Specialisation and semantics
Language of Title eng
Conference name International Nursing Research Conference (2nd, INRC, 2011)
Conference location CancĂșn, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Conference dates 14-15 July 2011
Convener World Academy of Nursing Science (WANS)
Language of Proceedings Title eng
Language of Journal Name eng
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Published abstract
Open Access Status
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Aim: To analyse the implications for the field of academic nursing of its knowledge structure, drawing on social realist inspired developments in the sociology of education and, specifically, Maton's Legitimation Code Theory (LCT), which extends and integrates the work of Bourdieu and Bernstein. Irish academic nursing is used as an illustrative case to demonstrate the relevance and utility of this form of analysis and, in particular, of the concepts of knower and knowledge specialization, verticality, grammaticality, and semantic density and gravity.

Conclusions: LCT provides a means of analyzing the knowledge structure of academic fields and assessing its implications for their progression and development. For academic nursing, LCT points to the need to focus on the stimuli that encourage cumulative and relevant knowledge building and to consider the reasons for the enduring appeal of knower-centred discourses.
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