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Tula Brannelly, Lizzie Ward, and Nicki Ward

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316510

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316510.001.0001

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Paradoxical constructions in Danish elder care

Paradoxical constructions in Danish elder care

Chapter:
(p.125) Ten Paradoxical constructions in Danish elder care
Source:
Ethics of Care
Author(s):

Anne Liveng

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447316510.003.0010

Transformations take place in Danish elder care due to neo-liberal modernization processes which imply a conception of human beings as rational and autonomous while simultaneously increasing the level of governance and control. Inspired by trends in gerontology, these transformations form a radical change in the understanding of the relation between those in need of support and professionals. The critical questions rise where this leaves older people in need of care, the care workers, and the idea of a welfare state responsible for those who cannot care for themselves. This chapter explores these questions drawing on care ethics and theory of recognition. It presents the new discourse of active ageing and illustrates, through analysis of empirical data from activity centers, how the transformations pose challenges to care workers and are reflected as different logics that collide when they talk about older people and in the daily interactions.

Keywords:   Elder care, neoliberalism, active ageing, care ethics, recognition, care workers

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