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Caring and daring discourses at work: doing gender through occupational choices within elderly care and police work
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Studies in Adult, Popular and Higher Education. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences. (Vuxenutbildning och Folkbildning)
Umeå universitet.
2011 (English)In: Paper presented at the conference of the ESREA research network on working life and learning research in Linköping, Sweden., 2011, 1-15 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Occupational choices are made based on extrinsic and/or extrinsic reasons. These choices are not gender neutral but intertwined with gendered societal traditions and expectations on abilities, skills and competencies for women and men. This paper aims to problematise how gender is being done through occupational choices within two occupations who traditionally (and still are) gender divided: elderly care work and police work. Interviews with care workers and police officers are analysed drawing on a post-structural theorization inspired by Michel Foucault and drawing on a doing gender perspective. We argue that a caring discourse operates within care workers and police officers occupational choices while a daring discourse operates within the occupational choices and through work division within the police. Through these discourses gender is being done where caring dispositions are construed as female while a macho attitude is construed as male. Such constructions have social consequences in terms of dividing work tasks within the police, where male officers work with more prestigious areas while female officers work with less prestigious ones.

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2011. 1-15 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-72204OAI: diva2:458261
Available from: 2011-11-22 Created: 2011-11-22

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