Coming to Care: The Work and Family Lives of Workers Caring by Julia Brannen, June Statham, Ann Mooney, Michaela Brockmann

By Julia Brannen, June Statham, Ann Mooney, Michaela Brockmann

''Coming to Care'' bargains an unique contribution to the certainty of care and care paintings in kid's companies in Britain within the early 21st century. It offers interesting insights into the standards that effect why humans input and go away care paintings, their motivations and the intersection in their paintings with their relations lives. targeting 4 diversified teams of staff - residential social staff, foster carers, family members help employees and neighborhood childminders - who tackle the care of weak youngsters and kids within the context of rather low degrees of skills, the ebook examines their existence direction as care employees. It explores: the diversity of things that allure humans into care paintings, together with the biographical situations and the serendipitous components that propel them into the paintings; their understandings of and dedication to the paintings; and the way their identities as care staff are created and sustained. The publication is very correct to present coverage debates in regards to the improvement of kid's companies and reforming the childcare group and gives quite a number functional strategies. it may offer attention-grabbing analyzing to coverage makers and repair services, in addition to teachers and scholars within the childcare and social care fields.

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It was really my thing working with the, you know, under-fives. 44 The origins of a care ethic in care workers’ childhoods Loved it. ” Later in her interview Clare added that as a child she had always liked being with children and had done babysitting. However, it was also clear that earning her own money was an important reason for babysitting (and for other jobs) at that time, especially as her parents were not well off. She also referred to the way girls were sent along particular career routes in her comment “they didn’t tell you about anything else”.

This is again an unsurprising finding given gender socialisation and the centrality of motherhood in female identities. In the UK context, moreover, until the late 1980s, being a good mother meant not being in paid work at least until children reached school age (Brannen et al, 2004a). Childcare workers with grown-up children would have become mothers in this period and so were particularly likely to have signed up to the ideal of full-time motherhood. For some of this group an unhappy childhood infused their rationales for being good (full-time) mothers although how far this always related to explicit childhood aspirations is unclear.

In her opening statement she connected her love of children to this early experience of caring: “[F]rom a historical point, I’m the eldest daughter of a sibling group of five children. I parented from an early age myself within that family group. This is again an unsurprising finding given gender socialisation and the centrality of motherhood in female identities. In the UK context, moreover, until the late 1980s, being a good mother meant not being in paid work at least until children reached school age (Brannen et al, 2004a).

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