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Educación Médica

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AYALA-VALENZUELA, R.. Bio-power: power and violence in the education of nurses. Educ. méd. [online]. 2008, vol.11, n.3, pp.125-129. ISSN 1575-1813.

The present article is an account of the power exercise in the existing relations between the professionals of health in formation (students) and its teachers (nurses); how teachers, from an asymmetric power position, generate adverse feelings for the learning of those, through the symbolic violence and the explicit violence, in the eagerness to control the body in terms of its productivity and its yield. It bases its argumentations from the ideas of Pierre Bordieu from the structuralist school, and those of Michael Foucault and Gilles Deleuze from the post-structuralist perspective, who made their contributions to the ideas of control, power, bio-power and symbolic violence. It makes an analogy of this situation of mistreat towards students with the circles that are generated in domestic violence, recognizing homologous rolls in both contexts: the victim, the aggressor, the silent witnesses and the active witnesses. Finally, it relates these reasoning to studies of perception of violence towards the students of nursing in Chilean clinical teaching.

Keywords : Bio-power; Nursing; Teaching.

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