Sack Lunch Seminar: Turf Wars and Professionalization in Nutrition and Dietetics
- Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
- Strand Union Building - view map
Who is a professional? Which occupations are able to provide “expertise?” These questions contain terms that are contested and rooted in shifting historical, cultural, and gendered discourses. Professions dominated by women frequently struggle with issues of professional recognition and legitimacy due to their designation as “women’s work.” Join PhD student, Kristin K. Smith, as she explores how the field of dietetics has been enabled and constrained by its gendered history. Kristin will also discuss the strategic rhetorical devices that today’s RDs – of whom 96% identify as women – employ in their struggle to claim legitimacy, professionalism, and expertise.