Professionals, carers or 'strangers'? Liminality and the typification of postnatal home care workers

Zadoroznyj, Maria (2009) Professionals, carers or 'strangers'? Liminality and the typification of postnatal home care workers. Sociology, 43 2: 268-285. doi:10.1177/0038038508101165

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Author Zadoroznyj, Maria
Title Professionals, carers or 'strangers'? Liminality and the typification of postnatal home care workers
Journal name Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0038-0385
1469-8684
Publication date 2009
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0038038508101165
Volume 43
Issue 2
Start page 268
End page 285
Total pages 18
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
920202 Carer Health
929999 Health not elsewhere classified
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Abstract The proliferation of home health care workers is an increasingly important trend in many contemporary societies, and its impact on the division of labour and the social meaning of care work is complex. In this article, these issues are analysed in relation to a new programme of domiciliary postnatal care in Australia. Coupled with early discharge from hospital, the programme is part of a reconfiguration that disrupts existing logics of care.The insertion of paid carers into the division of labour between `functionally diffuse', informal care and the `functional specificity' of professionals' work renders their status liminal, and their spatial location within the home transgresses symbolically important boundaries. Birthing women's responses include unease and a rejection of the workers based on the construction of them as `strangers'. It is argued that these responses demonstrate the lack of a `typification' based on contextual and spatialized knowledge of home health care workers
Keyword domicilliary postnatal care
liminality
paid care
typification
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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