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Culture Change and "Shit" Work: Experiences of Body Work in Long Term Care

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This paper presents results from an ethnographic participant-observation study of work in a culture-change nursing home. It draws on recent ideas about body work to argue that bodily encounters between caregivers and nursing home residents in the Activities Department and the Nursing Department at Heartland Community were fundamentally different in character. Activities department work tasks were undertaken by workers displaying two different interactive styles that I label “empathetic engagement” and “care-as-performance”; both styles were oriented in different ways toward residents’ bodies as the locus of their personhood. Nursing department work tasks, however, were oriented almost exclusively toward resident bodies as objects rather than as subjects. This depersonalized social relationships in the Nursing Department, preventing culture change ideas from penetrating the Nursing Department in meaningful ways. The author concludes that culture change adoption will likely be superficial in the absence of significant job redesign.

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Lopez, Steven. "Culture Change and "Shit" Work: Experiences of Body Work in Long Term Care" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV, Aug 19, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p506406_index.html>

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Lopez, S. H. , 2011-08-19 "Culture Change and "Shit" Work: Experiences of Body Work in Long Term Care" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV Online <PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p506406_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
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Abstract: This paper presents results from an ethnographic participant-observation study of work in a culture-change nursing home. It draws on recent ideas about body work to argue that bodily encounters between caregivers and nursing home residents in the Activities Department and the Nursing Department at Heartland Community were fundamentally different in character. Activities department work tasks were undertaken by workers displaying two different interactive styles that I label “empathetic engagement” and “care-as-performance”; both styles were oriented in different ways toward residents’ bodies as the locus of their personhood. Nursing department work tasks, however, were oriented almost exclusively toward resident bodies as objects rather than as subjects. This depersonalized social relationships in the Nursing Department, preventing culture change ideas from penetrating the Nursing Department in meaningful ways. The author concludes that culture change adoption will likely be superficial in the absence of significant job redesign.


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