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Body Work in Health and Social Care: Critical Themes, New Agendas

Julia Twigg (Editor), Carol Wolkowitz (Editor), Rachel Lara Cohen (Editor), Sarah Nettleton (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-4584-1
182 pages
September 2011
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The first book to fully explore the multiple ways in which body work features in health and social care and the meanings of this work both for those employed to do it and those on whose bodies they work.
  • Explores the commonalities between different sectors of work, including those outside health and social care
  • Contributions come from an international range of experts
  • Draws on perspectives from across the medical, therapeutic, and care fields
  • Incorporates a variety of methodological approaches, from life history analysis to ethnographic studies and first person accounts

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Notes on Contributors vii

1 Conceptualising body work in health and social care 1
Julia Twigg, Carol Wolkowitz, Rachel Lara Cohen and Sarah Nettleton

2 Time, space and touch at work: body work and labour process (re)organisation 19
Rachel Lara Cohen

3 Managing the body work of home care 36
Kim England and Isabel Dyck

4 The means of correct training: embodied regulation in training for body work among mothers 50
Emma Wainwright, Elodie Marandet and Sadaf Rizvi

5 From body-talk to body-stories: body work in complementary and alternative medicine 67
Nicola Kay Gale

6 Educating with the hands: working on the body⁄self in Alexander Technique 81
Jennifer Tarr

7 Treating women’s sexual diffi culties: the body work of sexual therapy 94
Thea Cacchioni and Carol Wolkowitz

8 Actions speak louder than words: the embodiment of trust by healthcare professionals in gynae-oncology 108
Patrick R. Brown, Andy Alaszewski, Trish Swift and Andy Nordin

9 Body work in respiratory physiological examinations 123
Per Måseide

10 In a moment of mismatch: overseas doctors’ adjustments in new hospital environments 134
Anna Harris

11 The co-marking of aged bodies and migrant bodies: migrant workers’ contribution to geriatric medicine in the UK 147
Parvati Raghuram, Joanna Bornat and Leroi Henry

12 Afterword: Body work and the sociological tradition 162
Chris Shilling

Index 167

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Julia Twigg is Professor of Social Policy and Sociology at University of Kent and a specialist in old age, care and embodiment. Her books include The Body in Health and Social Care (2006).

Carol Wolkowitz is Reader in Sociology at University of Warwick and has written widely on gender and the sociology of work and employment. Her books include Bodies at Work (2006).

Rachel Lara Cohen is Lecturer at the University of Surrey, and a specialist in sociology of work and employment. Her books include Feminism Counts: Quantitative Methods and Researching Gender (with C Hughes, 2011).

Sarah Nettleton is a Reader in the Department of Sociology at the University of York and has researched and published on a range of health-related topics, all with a focus on the sociology of the body and embodiment. Her books include Sociology of Health and Illness (2006).

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