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Liz Forbat

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346216

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346216.001.0001

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Accounts of care and accounting for care: repertoires in talk

Accounts of care and accounting for care: repertoires in talk

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Talking about care

Liz Forbat

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the ways in which interviewees talk about care in their relationships. The main focus is on the repertoires that people draw on. It begins with some theoretical explorations regarding the ways in which repertoires are identified and how meanings are created in talk and text. The chapter draws out the epistemological debate between realism (commenting on traditional professional practice in relation to informal care) and relativism (the discursive enterprise). The majority of the chapter is taken up with a presentation of interviewees' accounts alongside analysis that indicates the ways in which repertoires of care are worked up and drawn on in talk. Each repertoire is discussed in terms of the ideological business that is performed within the talk; that is, the work which is accomplished in fostering common-sense assumptions of what care is or should be.

Keywords:   care relationships, personal accounts, realism, relativism

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