Constructing a morality of caring: Codes and values in Australian carer discourse

Winch, Sarah (2006) Constructing a morality of caring: Codes and values in Australian carer discourse. Nursing Ethics, 13 1: 5-16. doi:10.1191/0969733006ne846oa

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Author Winch, Sarah
Title Constructing a morality of caring: Codes and values in Australian carer discourse
Journal name Nursing Ethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0969-7330
Publication date 2006-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1191/0969733006ne846oa
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 13
Issue 1
Start page 5
End page 16
Total pages 12
Editor A. Gallagher
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
220101 Bioethics (human and animal)
Abstract In this analysis I apply a Foucauldian approach to ethics to examine the politically prescribed moral and ethical character required of carers of aged persons at home in Australia and the role of nurses in shaping these behaviours. The work that spousal carers provide, although often founded on love and/or obligation, has been formalized through a variety of policy initiatives and technologies that serve to construct the moral approach they must adopt. This shaping of conduct at the most personal level takes place through the application of codes of behaviour policed largely by nurses. These codes redefine the mode of coexistence between an aged husband and wife and propose a new form of relationship that is derived from and supports policies of the deinstitutionalization of care services for elderly persons. In this way modern carer policy has drawn on knowledge and governance of the self to produce a morality of caring that is both authoritative and scientific.
Keyword Carers
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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