Vortrag: Kim England (Seattle): Body Work, Care Theory and the Home, 08.12.2010, Zürich

Vortrag im Rahmen der Vortragsreihe „Globalisierung, Arbeit und Geschlecht“ an der Universität Zürich 
Zeit: 08.12.2010, 17 bis 19 Uhr
Ort: Universität Zürich, Campus Irchel, Raum Y-15-G-19, Zürich, Schweiz
Recent restructuring of health and social care services means the home is increasingly a key site of long-term health care delivery. Drawing on qualitative data from Canada and an analytic framework informed by the relational ontology of feminist care theory, I employ the concept of the body work to analyse the work relations and materialities of home in the delivery of home care.  The daily practice of home care involves a complex negotiation among the family caregivers, paid care workers and care recipients around intimate body work (such as bathing, toileting, and catheter management). The embodied and gendered practices of body work and the interdependencies between clients, paid care workers and family caregivers are made more complex by the site of care – a ‚private‘ home (rather than, for instance, an institutional setting).

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