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Men as care-givers: A study on experiences of men in the nursing profession in Dhaka City, Bangladesh

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Women & Gender Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • 2Department of Women & Gender Studies, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 11, Issue (3), Pages 7-12, July,14 (2022)


This paper attempts to explore the interrelation between male nurses’ profession and masculinity through examining their decision-making and motivation for career choice, their relationship with others in the realm of employment and society, and the challenges they face because of their profession in contemporary urban Bangladesh. Following the qualitative methodology, the study focused on data triangulation by employing a survey among 80 male nurses and novices, 12 in-depth interviews, and 2 Focus group discussion sessions as data collection techniques. Primary data were analyzed both thematically and in percentages. The finding shows that apart from self-will, job security, good earning scopes, fewer working hours, diversified working options, migration opportunities abroad attract men to enter into the nursing profession, though their position in the profession gets challenged due to their masculine identity fabricated by socio-cultural norms. Social stigmatization, discrimination in the education phase and at the workplace, lesser acceptance and recognition by patients, female colleagues, and upper authorities, identity crises, feeling of unfulfillment due to gender division of labor are found as major challenges faced by male nurses in the study location.


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