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Caring for a LivingMigrant Women, Aging Citizens, and Italian Families$
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Francesca Degiuli

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199989010

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989010.001.0001

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Skilling the Unskilled

Skilling the Unskilled

The Multiple Dimensions of Eldercare

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(p.96) 6 Skilling the Unskilled
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Caring for a Living
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Francesca Degiuli

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199989010.003.0006

Chapter 6 describes the routines of both live-in and live-out workers throughout a typical day on the job. In the process the chapter reveals that home eldercare assistance while often being portrayed simply as an offshoot of domestic labor is in reality a different occupation with its own set of skills, goals, and priorities. In addition, it shows that while this job is often portrayed as unskilled in reality it requires the workers take on, during their long work day, different roles, each requiring a different set of skills: from maid to chaperone, from nurse to therapist, and from cook to spiritual counselor. Finally the chapter includes a discussion of the different dimensions of eldercare according to the women who provide it.

Keywords:   home eldercare assistance, long-term care for the elders, domestic work, labor organization, gendered expectations, immigrant women, labor skills, emotional labor, emotions, aging, death

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