Many Voices explores the relationships and the tensions at the intersection between caring, in the context of health, and culture. As the social voices of diverse interest groups are increasingly acknowledged in healthcare, ideological friction between goals of assimilation and of diversity and multiculturalism remains unsolved. Caring (or its opposite, neglect) mediates in health-related encounters in ways that are often described more rhetorically than realistically. Here are the issues as they are experienced.
Kathryn Hopkins Kavanagh is lecturer in sociology and anthropology at the University of Maryland. A mental health clinical nurse specialist and medical anthropologist, she has researched, presented, and published widely on issues around diversity/universality, multiculturalism, and ideological influences in healthcare. Virginia Knowlden is professor and chairperson of the Saint Joseph College Division of Nursing. She has been a psychiatric mental health nurse since 1960, and a nurse educator since 1978. Dr. Knowlden's primary research interest concerns caring in nursing as it is experienced in all specialty areas of practice.