Accounts of care and accounting for care: repertoires in talk

Liz Forbat

in Talking about care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346216
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303671 | DOI:
Accounts of care and accounting for care: repertoires in talk

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This chapter focuses on the ways in which interviewees talk about care in their relationships. The main focus is on the repertoires that people draw on. It begins with some theoretical explorations regarding the ways in which repertoires are identified and how meanings are created in talk and text. The chapter draws out the epistemological debate between realism (commenting on traditional professional practice in relation to informal care) and relativism (the discursive enterprise). The majority of the chapter is taken up with a presentation of interviewees' accounts alongside analysis that indicates the ways in which repertoires of care are worked up and drawn on in talk. Each repertoire is discussed in terms of the ideological business that is performed within the talk; that is, the work which is accomplished in fostering common-sense assumptions of what care is or should be.

Keywords: care relationships; personal accounts; realism; relativism

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