Technical change and the untroubling of gendered ageing in healthcare work


Halford, Susan, Kukarenko, Natalia, Lotherington, Ann Therese and Obstfelder, Aud (2015) Technical change and the untroubling of gendered ageing in healthcare work Gender, Work and Organization, 22, (5), pp. 495-509.

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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.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0968-6673 (print)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology
ePrint ID: 373413
Date :
Date Event
11 January 2015Accepted/In Press
28 April 2015Published
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 14:17
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2017 02:25
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/373413

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