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The origins of a care ethic in care workers' childhoods

Julia Brannen, June Statham, Ann Mooney and Michaela Brockmann

in Coming to care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348500
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301882 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348500.003.0003
The origins of a care ethic in care workers' childhoods

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This chapter examines the childhood accounts and experiences of case-study informants, suggesting that childhood is a key reference point for many care workers in beginning their life stories. It examines the narratives that care workers give in explaining their ethic of care. In interpreting informants' accounts, researchers also took into account questions such as: When did you first feel you wanted to work with children? Such questions provoked the process of making connections between past experience and present motivations to care.

Keywords: care workers; childhood experiences; personal narratives; ethic of care; motivations; past experiences

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