Manufacturing dissent: Labor conflict, care work, and the politicization of caring
2014 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, ISSN 2245-0157, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 4, no 1, 139-152 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The article analyzes the phenomenon of "politicization of caring," observed in studies of nurselabor conflict, in the context of a small-scale episode of conflict at a Swedish hospital ward. Usinganalytical concepts drawn from work on the role of images of gendered ideal workers in managementcultivation of consent, and the method of positioning analysis, it tries to identify the littleresearched discursive practices involved in the politicization of caring. Analysis of interviews withregistered nurses, who took part in a conflict where some of them threatened to resign unlesswages were raised and working conditions improved, shows a range of such strategies: includingproblematizing identities in nursing, expanding the context of caring work, using a discourse of professionalism,and redefining the interpellated image of nursing. Findings indicate that politicizationthus has important effects on the gendering of nursing and the viability of neoliberal restructuringof healthcare work.
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2014. Vol. 4, no 1, 139-152 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-22758DOI: 10.19154/njwls.v4i1.3556OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-22758DiVA: diva2:743748
ProjectsNormalisering och den neoliberala välfärdsstaten. Utmaningar av och för genusteori
FunderSwedish Research Council, 344-2011-5104