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Title: A vocational calling: Exploring a caring technology in elderly care
Author(s): Fejes, Andreas
Nicoll, Katherine
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Keywords: caring technology
elderly care
Issue Date: Oct-2010
Citation: Fejes A & Nicoll K (2010) A vocational calling: Exploring a caring technology in elderly care, Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 18 (3), pp. 353-370.
Abstract: In this article we explore the relationship of care of a group of health care workers in elderly care, through their descriptions of themselves and their work. We have an interest in how relationships of care may be explored and characterised in and across disparate vocational settings. This is a critical response to policy discourses of citizenship that are currently emerging for re‐emphasis in Europe through citizenship education and the idea of the active citizen. We mobilise two notions to help us in the analysis of interview transcripts. First, ‘calling' is used as a figure of thought. Past religious and secular discourses of calling to God and nursing provide us with glimpses of past relations of vocation and care through which to consider present descriptions. The term ‘technology of the self' is one drawing specifically from the work of Michel Foucault, through which we theorise the calling to care emerging from our interviewee descriptions as such a technology. Our analysis indicates that a specific calling to care and technology is mobilised by these health care workers in elderly care. We conclude that it is through such stabilisations of description that the health care workers' shape context‐specific subjectivities, as caring citizens.
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