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Warm Hearts and Cold Souls: Race-, Gender- and Nationality-based Stereotypes in Paid, In-home Eldercare in Germany

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In this paper I examine some of the ways in which the social divisions of race, gender, nationality, migration status, and their intersections, affect paid eldercare in the private household in Germany. In my analysis I draw upon in-depth interviews conducted with Poles working as eldercare providers in Germany in 2006 – 2007, as well as with managers of care service agencies, and recruitment agents. I find that in contrast to the difficulties faced by “immigrant” women of color working as eldercare providers in Germany, Polish caregivers have relatively few problems finding work or being accepted by elderly clients. At the structural level, gender, nationality and migration status intersect in the form of the “warmhearted Polish caregiver” phenomenon, the validity of which both Germans and Poles affirm. Indeed, some Polish caregivers draw upon the characterization to distinguish themselves from their “cold” German counterparts and, in turn, to establish their affective superiority over German women in the occupation.

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McEvoy, Gwen. "Warm Hearts and Cold Souls: Race-, Gender- and Nationality-based Stereotypes in Paid, In-home Eldercare in Germany" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Colorado Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO, Aug 16, 2012 <Not Available>. 2014-12-12 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p564204_index.html>

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McEvoy, G. E. , 2012-08-16 "Warm Hearts and Cold Souls: Race-, Gender- and Nationality-based Stereotypes in Paid, In-home Eldercare in Germany" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Colorado Convention Center and Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO Online <PDF>. 2014-12-12 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p564204_index.html

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Abstract: In this paper I examine some of the ways in which the social divisions of race, gender, nationality, migration status, and their intersections, affect paid eldercare in the private household in Germany. In my analysis I draw upon in-depth interviews conducted with Poles working as eldercare providers in Germany in 2006 – 2007, as well as with managers of care service agencies, and recruitment agents. I find that in contrast to the difficulties faced by “immigrant” women of color working as eldercare providers in Germany, Polish caregivers have relatively few problems finding work or being accepted by elderly clients. At the structural level, gender, nationality and migration status intersect in the form of the “warmhearted Polish caregiver” phenomenon, the validity of which both Germans and Poles affirm. Indeed, some Polish caregivers draw upon the characterization to distinguish themselves from their “cold” German counterparts and, in turn, to establish their affective superiority over German women in the occupation.


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