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Home Care Fault Lines: Understanding Tensions and Creating Alliances

Home Care Fault Lines: Understanding Tensions and Creating Alliances

Publisher Cornell University Press
Year 15/06/2020
Pages 240
Version paperback
Readership level General/trade
ISBN 9781501749261
Categories Sociology: family & relationships, Employment & labour law, Community nursing
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In this revealing look at home care, Cynthia J. Cranford illustrates how elderly and disabled people and the immigrant women workers who assist them in daily activities develop meaningful relationships even when their different ages, abilities, races, nationalities, and socioeconomic backgrounds generate tension. As Cranford shows, workers can experience devaluation within racialized and gendered class hierarchies, which shapes their pursuit of security. Cranford analyzes the tensions, alliances, and compromises between security for workers and flexibility for elderly and disabled people, and she argues that workers and recipients negotiate flexibility and security within intersecting inequalities in varying ways depending on multiple interacting dynamics. What comes through from Cranford's analysis is the need for deeply democratic alliances across multiple axes of inequality. To support both flexible care and secure work, she argues for an intimate community unionism that advocates for universal state funding, designs culturally sensitive labor market intermediaries run by workers and recipients to help people find jobs or workers, and addresses everyday tensions in home workplaces.

Home Care Fault Lines: Understanding Tensions and Creating Alliances

Table of contents

Introduction: Tenions between Flexibility and Security
1. Gender, Migration, and the Purist of Security
2. Disability and the Quest for Flexibility
3. Managing Flexibility without Security in Toronto's Direct Funding
4. Negotiating Flexibility with Security in Los Angeles's In-Home Supportive Services
5. Agency-Led Flexibility and Insecurity in Toronto's Home Care
6. Bargaining for Security with Flexibility in Toronto's Attendant Services
7. Toward Flexible Care and Secure Work in Intimate Labor

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