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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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Care workers' careers and identities: change and continuity

Care workers' careers and identities: change and continuity

(p.77) Five Care workers' careers and identities: change and continuity
Coming to care

Julia Brannen

June Statham

Ann Mooney

Michaela Brockmann

Policy Press

This chapter explores how far care workers created ‘careers’ in childcare work in terms of the meanings they attributed to the concept and the factors that influenced the notion of ‘having a career’. Drawing on twenty-four case studies, it first turns to the meaning of the term ‘career’ in its populist sense for the different care-worker groups. Second, the chapter examines the different structural factors that are likely to influence whether care workers saw themselves as ‘having a career’ in care work. Third, it develops an analytic framework for examining the interpretive accounts given by care workers in their interviews: how care workers described their pathways in childcare from the point when they entered care work with vulnerable children.

Keywords:   childcare workers, career, children

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