Kerreen Reiger

Kerreen is an historical sociologist whose teaching areas have included changes in gender relations and families, qualitative research methodology, critical social policy and gender and sexuality in work and health care settings. Her published work has explored the extension of technical rationality to the household in Australia, maternity reform movements in post-war decades and the relevance of critical social theory to relationships in health care.

In recent years, her research has focused primarily on the management of childbirth; the impact of new public management on health services; inter-professional relationships in hospital workplaces; policies on overseas trained health workers; and public participation and citizenship claims and quality improvement strategies in health care. As she holds a visiting professor position from 2007-12 at Queen’s University Belfast, she is also strongly interested in health and welfare issues in the UK and Ireland.

She is currently working with Canadian colleagues on a biography of an internationally-acclaimed obstetrician.

Selected Publications

Reiger, K. and Lane, K. (2009) ‘Working together: collaboration between midwives and doctors in public hospital settings’, Australian Health Review, May

Reiger, K., Garvan, J., and Temel, S. (2009) ‘Rethinking Care: a critical analysis of family policies and the negotiation of dependency.’ Just Policy, 50

Reiger, K. (2008) ‘Domination or mutual recognition? Midwifery as the ‘Other’ of obstetrics.’ Social Theory and Health, 6, pp. 132-147

Reiger, K. (2006) ‘The neoliberal quickstep: contradictions in Australian maternity care policy’, Health Sociology Review, Special Issue, Childbirth, Politics and the Culture of Risk, 15:4, pp. 330-340

Reiger, K and Dempsey, R. (2006) ‘Performing birth in a culture of fear’, Health Sociology Review, Special Issue,Childbirth, Politics and the Culture of Risk, 15:4, pp. 363-373

Reiger, K. (2005) ‘Mothers in a Double-Bind: The Work of Being “with Women”‘, in P. Grimshaw, J. Murphy and B. Probert (eds) Working Mothers and Social Change, Melbourne, Melbourne Publishing Group

Reiger, K and Carroll, K. (2005) ‘Fluid experts: lactation consultants as postmodern health professions,’ Health Sociology Review, 14:2, pp. 101-110

Reiger, K. (2004) ‘Managing professionals: the emerging leadership role of Victorian Maternal and Child Health coordinators’, (with Helen Keleher) International Journal of Nursing Practice, 10:2, pp. 58-63

Reiger, K and Keleher, H. (2004) ‘Nurses on the market: the impact of contracting on the Victorian Maternal and Child Health Service’, Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 22:1, pp. 38-43

Reiger, K. (2001) Our Bodies, Our Babies: the Forgotten Women’s Movement, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne

Reiger, K. (1985) The Disenchantment of the Home: Modernizing the Australian Family, 1880-1940, Oxford University Press, Melbourne

Reiger, K. and Liamputtong, P. (2010), ‘Researching reproduction: intersections of personal and political’ in Bourgeault, I, Dingwall, R. and DeVries, R. (eds), The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Methods in Health Research,Sage, London