Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' 1 2006, page 67-81.
Care in the Intersection between Work and Life
The article “Care in the Intersection between Work and Life” deals with conceptualizations of care work. It is the intention to study care work as expressions of social change and enfolded into not only labour market structures and logics, but also into the life historical trajectories of professionals, as well as being a specific practice related to nurturing and maintaining life. The article first discusses critical concepts of care in the Danish educational discussion and moves on to present three theoretical approaches; a care-sociological approach, a life historical, and a gendered learning approach. Through the application of these approaches in the interpretation of an empirical case in nursing, a more expanded concept of work is discussed. This concept understands care work as a complex phenomena of political welfare, wage labour, socially necessary activity and a life maintaining process for both careworkers and care-recipients based on human relations. Thus a proposal for a three dimensional and dynamic model of care work is presented in the conclusion, including both macro and micro levels, and understanding care work as shaped by both care workers and citizens.