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Transforming Care Book Seminars: Unpaid Work in Nursing Homes: Flexible Boundaries, 4th December 2023

Transforming Care Book Seminars: Unpaid Work in Nursing Homes: Flexible Boundaries, 4th December 2023



United States

COVID-19 and other infectious diseases and LTC
Residential LTC services
Unpaid / informal care

09 Nov 2023

Transforming Care Book Series Seminar

4 December 2023, Global Webinar
(16:30–18:00 CET)

This Transforming Care Network seminar will present and discuss a new open access book: Unpaid Work in Nursing Homes: Flexible Boundaries, part of the Transforming Care book series.

The rationale for the book is that the COVID-19 pandemic has made unpaid care more visible through its absence, while also increasing the need for it. Drawing on a range of research projects covering Canada, Germany, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the US, this book documents a broad spectrum of unpaid work performed by residents, relatives, volunteers and staff in nursing homes. It demonstrates how boundaries between paid and unpaid work are flexible, varying considerably with conditions, time, place and intersectional populations. By examining the complex labour process within nursing homes, this book provides insight and understanding which will be critical in planning for nursing home care post-pandemic.

The presentation will include: 

  • Pat Armstrong, editor (Distinguished Research Professor Emerita, Sociology, York University, Toronto): Introduction to the book and its aims.
  • Susan Braedley (Professor, Director of the Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University): Body Work-That-Isn’t: Supporting Nursing Home Residents’ Autonomy in Self-Care and Sexual Expression
  • Christine Streeter (PhD candidate, School of Social Work, Carleton University) “Family Workers”: The Work and Working Conditions of Families in Nursing Homes
  • The seminar’s discussant is Hilary Land, Emerita Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Bristol University. Following comments from the discussant, there will be time for an open discussion and questions from the seminar’s participants.

The moderator of the seminar is TCN co-chair Professor Tine Rostgaard, Roskilde University. The technical host is David Palomera, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, with the TCN management team.

Register here

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Here, you can find more info on the book series published by Policy Press.