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Comparative Configurations of Care Work across Europe

Lyon, D and Glucksmann, MA (2008) 'Comparative Configurations of Care Work across Europe.' Sociology, 42 (1). pp. 101-118. ISSN 0038-0385

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The activity of work takes place in a variety of socio-economic relations, shifting over time across the boundaries between different sectors of employment (public, private, not-for-profit or voluntary) and forms of unpaid work (domestic, community, voluntary).Taking the social care work of older people as a research probe, this article explores linkages between paid and unpaid work across key forms of provision (public sector, market, family/household and voluntary sector). We analyse the relative importance of the different providers of elder care in four European countries in order to highlight the relationship and interactions between paid and unpaid modes of care work. As well as revealing contrasting national configurations, our findings show clear interconnections between work undertaken in differing socio-economic modes, such that what goes on in one sector impacts upon what goes on in another. Building on a `total social organization of labour' framework, this analysis of a specific field develops further an approach that may also be deployed elsewhere.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: care work; elder care; employment; Italy; the Netherlands; Total Social Organization of Labour; Sweden; United Kingdom; work
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2012 10:16
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:21

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