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Conceptualising body work in health and social care

Twigg, Julia, Wolkowitz, Carol, Cohen, Rachel Lara, Nettleton, Sarah (2011) Conceptualising body work in health and social care. Sociology of Health & Illness, 33 (2). pp. 171-188. ISSN 0141-9889. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01323.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:37112)

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Abstract

Body work is a central activity in the practice of many workers in the field of health and social care. This article provides an introduction to the concept of body work - paid work on the bodies of others - and demonstrates its importance for understanding the activities of health and social care workers. Providing an overview of existing research on body work, it shows the manifold ways in which this can inform the sociology of health and illness - whether through a micro-social focus on the inter-corporeal aspects of work in health and social care, or through elucidating our understanding of the times and spaces of work, or through highlighting the relationship between mundane body work and the increasingly global movements of bodies, workers and those worked-upon. The article shows how understanding work undertaken on the bodies of others as 'body work' provides a mechanism for relating work in the sphere of health and social care to that in other sectors, opening up new avenues for research.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01323.x
Additional information: Special Issue: Body work in health and social care: critical themes, new agendas
Uncontrolled keywords: Body, Care, Division of labour, Embodiment, Power, Touch, Work, article, behavior, emotion, group dynamics, health care delivery, health service, human, human relation, methodology, social work, touch, Delivery of Health Care, Emotions, Health Services, Humans, Personal Space, Power (Psychology), Professional-Patient Relations, Social Work, Touch
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2013 15:14 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:13 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37112 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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