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Raul Ponce-Hernandez


Alena Heitlinger

My research in the field of health has focused on the comparative study of health professions such as medicine and nursing, women's health caring work, and on various health issues arising out of protective legislation and women's equality.


(a) Books
Young Women of Prague (London: Macmillan Press, 1998) 187 pp. (co-authored with Susanna Trnka) - based on interviews with nursing graduates
Reproduction, Medicine and the Socialist State (London: The Macmillan Press/New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987) 318 pp.
(b) Articles in Refereed Journals
The Paradoxical Impact of Health Care Restructuring in Canada on Nursing as a Profession, International Journal of Health Services, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2003, pp. 37-54.
"Nurses and Nursing: A Comparative Perspective", Journal of Interprofessional Care, Vol. 13, No. 2, 1999, pp. 165-174.
"Women's Health Caring Work in Comparative Perspective: Canada, Sweden & Czechoslovakia/the Czech Republic as Case Examples", Social Science and Medicine, Vol. 47, No. 8, 1998, pp. 1101-1111 (co-authored with Professor Cecilia Benoit)
(c) Chapters in Refereed Edited Books
"Czech Nursing During and After Communism", in Vittorio Olgiati, Louis Orzack, Mike Saks (Ed.) Professions, Identity, and Order in Comparative Perspective (The International Institute for the Sociology of Law, 1998) pp. 123-148.
"Post-Communist Reforms and the Health Professions: Medicine and Nursing in the Czech Republic", in T. Johnson, G. Larkin and M. Saks (eds) Health Professions and the State in Europe (London and New York: Routledge, 1995) pp. 213-227.
"The Medical Profession in Czechoslovakia: Legacies of State Socialism, Prospects for the Capitalist Future", in Frederic W. Hafferty and John B. McKinlay (eds) The Changing Character of the Medical Profession. An International Perspective (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993) pp. 172-183.
"Maternity Leaves, Protective Legislation and Sex Equality: Eastern European and Canadian Perspectives", in H.J. Maroney and Meg Luxton (eds) Women in Canada: Political Economy and Political Struggles (Toronto: Methuen, 1987) pp. 247-261.

Associated Organizations

Founding board member of the Peterborough women's Health Care Centre, but currently I am not involved with any such organization

Associated University Courses

Sociology 363: Sociology of Health and Illness

Research Grants

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Research Grant, to support a project on "Life Strategies of Young Women in Postcommunist Czech Republic: a Cohort Perspective", 1995-1998, $46,758.00 - the project was based on interviews with young nursing graduates





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