How the public discussion about older people and aged care might affect how care work is done.
What is it about?
How people are treated in personal interactions (like the aged care service encounter) is likely to be affected by the way society talks about them. This paper examines that link, using Honneth's recognition theory to analyse the intersection of practice and meaning in this work. The study reveals that workers’ and clients’ presentations of a competent self are compromised by external signals of mistrust and devaluing, forms of misrecognition.
Why is it important?
Public discourses shape behaviour. The public discourses about older people and aged care workers need to change if appropriate and high quality aged care is to become the norm.
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