Intersectional perspective in elderly care

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Intersectional perspective in elderly care
Author Cuesta, Marta ; Rämgård, Margareta
Date 2016
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Abstract Earlier research has shown that power relationships at workplaces are constructed by power structures. Processes related to power always influence the working conditions for (in this study in elderly care) the working groups involved. Power structures are central for intersectional analysis, in the sense that the intersectional perspective highlights aspects such as gender and ethnicity (subjective dimensions) and interrelates them to processes of power (objective dimension). This qualitative study aims to explore in what way an intersectional perspective could contribute to increased knowledge of power structures in a nursing home where the employees were mostly immigrants from different countries. By using reflexive dialogues related to an intersectional perspective, new knowledge which contributes to the employees’ well-being could develop. Narrative analysis was the method used to conduct this study. Through a multi-stage focus group on six occasions over 6 months, the staff were engaged in intersectional and critical reflections about power relationship with the researchers, by identifying patterns in their professional activities that could be connected to their subjectivities (gender, ethnicity, etc.). The result of this study presents three themes that express the staff’s experiences and connect these experiences to structural discrimination. 1) Intersectionality, knowledge, and experiences of professionalism; 2) Intersectionality, knowledge, and experiences of collaboration; and 3) Intersectionality, knowledge, and experiences of discrimination. The result demonstrates that an intersectional perspective reinforces the involved abilities, during the conversations, into being clear about, for example, their experiences of discrimination, and consequently developing a better understanding of their professionalism and collaboration. Such deeper reflections became possible through a process of consciousness raising, strengthening the employee’s self-confidence, in a positive way. Key words: Power, intersectionality, focus group, elderly care, ethnicity, gender
DOI https://doi.org/10.3402/qhw.v11.30544 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/qhw.v11.30544 .Icon
Publisher Co-Action Publishing
Host/Issue International Journal of Qualitative study in health and Well-being;30544
Volume 11
ISSN 1748-2631
Pages 1-11
Language eng (iso)
Subject Power
Intersectionality
elderly care
ethnicity
Gender
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/21867 Permalink to this page
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