Timonen, Virpi and Doyle, Martha, Caring and Collaborating Across Cultures? Migrant Care Workers' Relationships with Care Recipients, Colleagues and Employers, European Journal of Women's Studies, 17, 1, 2010, 25, 41
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The literature on migrant care workers has tended to place little
emphasis on themultiple relationships thatmigrant carers formwith care recipients,
employers/managers and work colleagues. This article makes a contribution to
this emerging field, drawing on data from qualitative interviews carried out with
40 migrant care workers employed in the institutional and domiciliary care sectors
in Dublin, Ireland. While the analysis revealed generally positive carer–care
recipient relationships, significant racial and cultural tensions were evident within
the vertical and especially the horizontal relationships in the care workplace.
The article argues that these findings highlight the need for additional research on
the relationships formed in the long-term care sector and further theorizing
on the meaning and importance of the affective components of care work within
increasingly commodified care markets.
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