To Care and Protect : Care Workers Confronting Sweden Democrats in their Workplace

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title To Care and Protect : Care Workers Confronting Sweden Democrats in their Workplace
Author Mulinari, Paula
Date 2018
English abstract
Austerity policies across European countries have encountered diverse forms of public protest and resistance. In Sweden, we have seen the emergence of a number of networks and organizations which take care workers’ professional identity as their point of departure. These networks and organizations stress the impossibility of being professional care workers in slimmed-down, neoliberal organizations. Parallel to this, and sometimes embedded into one another, female-dominated professions (e.g. social workers, nurses, doctors, and teachers) have been engaged in opposing restrictive refugee policies. This article analyses how care workers in an emergency room in Malmö mobilized against a visit by Jimmie Åkesson, leader of the right-wing, xenophobic Sweden Democrats. The article explores how workers used a gendered discourse of care and professionalism to argue that their actions were consistent with both organizational culture and their professional ethics. The article shows how, by defending their professional role of providing quality care to all in need, workers challenge both austerity and racist policies, which both impose restrictions on who has the right to care. Theoretically, the article explores how the politicization of care creates spaces of resistance, to critique both austerity policies and exclusionary understandings of national belonging. The study stresses the importance of identifying emerging forms of collective resistance among care workers at the intersection of the struggles against austerity and right-wing xenophobic parties.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/08038740.2018.1449766 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://doi.org/10.1080/08038740.2018.1449766 .Icon
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Host/Issue NORA;2
Volume 26
ISSN 0803-8740
Language eng (iso)
Subject Austerity politics
workplace resistance
politicization of care
right-wing
xenophobic
racist parties
healthcare workers
Sweden
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/26562 Permalink to this page
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