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Making Gendered Healthcare Work Visible: Over-Looked Labour in Four Diverse European Settings
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Welfare and lifecourse)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0664-1170
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.
University of South Florida, Tampa, USA; University Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal.
Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology—BIPS, Bremen, Germany.
2019 (English)In: Social Inclusion, ISSN 2183-2803, E-ISSN 2183-2803, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 33-43Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Healthcare has long been a gendered enterprise, with women taking responsibility for maintaining health and engaging with service providers. Universal healthcare provision notwithstanding, women nonetheless undertake a range of health- care work, on their own account and on behalf of others, which remains largely invisible. As part of a multi-method com- parative European study that looked at access to healthcare in diverse neighbourhoods from the point of view of people’s own health priorities, the concept of ‘healthcare bricolage’ describes the process of mobilizing resources and overcoming constraints to meet particular health needs. Bricolage mediates between different kinds of resources to meet particular challenges and describing these processes makes visible that work which has been unseen, over-looked and naturalised, as part of a gendered caring role. Drawing on 160 semi-structured interviews and a survey with 1,755 residents of highly diverse neighbourhoods in Germany, UK, Sweden and Portugal, this article illustrates the gendered nature of healthcare bricolage. The complex variations of women’s bricolage within and beyond the public healthcare system show how gen- dered caring roles intersect with migration status and social class in the context of particular healthcare systems.

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2019. Vol. 7, no 2, p. 33-43
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bricolage, diversity, European welfare, gender, healthcare, migration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-388049DOI: DOI: 10.17645/si.v7i2.1962OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-388049DiVA, id: diva2:1331375
Available from: 2019-06-26 Created: 2019-06-26 Last updated: 2019-07-01Bibliographically approved

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