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Care workers' careers and identities: change and continuity

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/9781861348500.003.0005
Care workers' careers and identities: change and continuity

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This chapter explores how far care workers created ‘careers’ in childcare work in terms of the meanings they attributed to the concept and the factors that influenced the notion of ‘having a career’. Drawing on twenty-four case studies, it first turns to the meaning of the term ‘career’ in its populist sense for the different care-worker groups. Second, the chapter examines the different structural factors that are likely to influence whether care workers saw themselves as ‘having a career’ in care work. Third, it develops an analytic framework for examining the interpretive accounts given by care workers in their interviews: how care workers described their pathways in childcare from the point when they entered care work with vulnerable children.

Keywords: childcare workers; career; children

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