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Technical change and the untroubling of gendered ageing in healthcare work

Technical change and the untroubling of gendered ageing in healthcare work
Technical change and the untroubling of gendered ageing in healthcare work
Whilst recent years have seen increasing pressure to extend the participation of older people in the labour market, it is clear that there remain significant challenges in achieving this and that these take specifically gendered forms. This paper explores if and how these might be shaped in intra-action with the rapid pace of technological change linked to the pervasive spread of digital technologies in the workplace. We take our theoretical lead from critical gerontology, feminist accounts of inter-sectionality and Science & Technology Studies, which together insist on an anti-essentialist and performative account of gendered ageing that focuses on everyday practices and the conditions that shape these in particular spaces, places and times. Our empirical focus is on healthcare work, where we find that gendered ageing appears in more or less troubled relations to the increasingly technological practices of medicine and nursing. We conclude with a discussion exploring the implications of our theoretical perspective and empirical findings.
0968-6673
495-509
Halford, Susan
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Kukarenko, Natalia
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Lotherington, Ann Therese
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Obstfelder, Aud
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Halford, Susan
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Lotherington, Ann Therese
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Halford, Susan, Kukarenko, Natalia, Lotherington, Ann Therese and Obstfelder, Aud (2015) Technical change and the untroubling of gendered ageing in healthcare work. Gender, Work & Organization, 22 (5), 495-509. (doi:10.1111/gwao.12087).

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Whilst recent years have seen increasing pressure to extend the participation of older people in the labour market, it is clear that there remain significant challenges in achieving this and that these take specifically gendered forms. This paper explores if and how these might be shaped in intra-action with the rapid pace of technological change linked to the pervasive spread of digital technologies in the workplace. We take our theoretical lead from critical gerontology, feminist accounts of inter-sectionality and Science & Technology Studies, which together insist on an anti-essentialist and performative account of gendered ageing that focuses on everyday practices and the conditions that shape these in particular spaces, places and times. Our empirical focus is on healthcare work, where we find that gendered ageing appears in more or less troubled relations to the increasingly technological practices of medicine and nursing. We conclude with a discussion exploring the implications of our theoretical perspective and empirical findings.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 January 2015
e-pub ahead of print date: 28 April 2015
Published date: September 2015
Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

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Local EPrints ID: 373413
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/373413
ISSN: 0968-6673
PURE UUID: 575b884d-a106-4f03-8a35-95c784227020

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Date deposited: 16 Jan 2015 14:17
Last modified: 27 Oct 2023 06:21

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Author: Susan Halford
Author: Natalia Kukarenko
Author: Ann Therese Lotherington
Author: Aud Obstfelder

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