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Coming to careThe work and family lives of workers caring for vulnerable children$
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Julia Brannen

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348500

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348500.001.0001

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The origins of a care ethic in care workers' childhoods

The origins of a care ethic in care workers' childhoods

(p.39) Three The origins of a care ethic in care workers' childhoods
Coming to care

Julia Brannen

June Statham

Ann Mooney

Michaela Brockmann

Policy Press

This chapter examines the childhood accounts and experiences of case-study informants, suggesting that childhood is a key reference point for many care workers in beginning their life stories. It examines the narratives that care workers give in explaining their ethic of care. In interpreting informants' accounts, researchers also took into account questions such as: When did you first feel you wanted to work with children? Such questions provoked the process of making connections between past experience and present motivations to care.

Keywords:   care workers, childhood experiences, personal narratives, ethic of care, motivations, past experiences

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