Love Labouring: Nurturing Rationalities and Relational Identities

Published on Jan 1, 2009
· DOI :10.1057/9780230245082_4
Kathleen Lynch26
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Maureen Lyons7
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This chapter opens with a brief review of traditional scholarly interpretations of work and the reasons for the marginalisation of care work. It then outlines the reasons why care is a form of work. Drawing on a set of 30 in-depth Care Conversations with carers and care recipients (see Introduction and Appendix), it goes on to map carers’ understandings of their primary care relations in terms of the love labouring they do to maintain and develop these. The latter part of the chapter focuses on the issue of commodification, outlining how and why primary carers rejected paid-care alternatives to their own caring. It outlines the ways in which nurturing rationalities override economic rationalities, and how people’s relational identities as carers play a central role in determining their life priorities.
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