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Developing Care Professionals: Changing Disability Services in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Welfare and life course)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7131-239X
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Welfare and life course)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3870-6426
2018 (English)In: Professions & Professionalism, ISSN 1893-1049, E-ISSN 1893-1049, Vol. 8, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In Sweden, professionalization projects in disability care services are currently being undertaken in order to differentiate and establish a professional identity for professionals within care work. The aim of this paper was to analyse the experiences of care workers’ meaning of the professionalization process concerning their occupation and their occupational identity in relation to tasks they perform in front-line contacts with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities at respite care service homes. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten care workers. The meaning of the professionalization projects is an ongoing process of a connected mission, meaning that the care work is performed in close contact with care receivers and that it takes place within an informal and free framework, predicated on a logic of possessing a particular kind of “care-feeling.”

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2018. Vol. 8, no 2
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professionalization, new professionals, care worker, respite care service home, intellectual and developmental disabilities
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-354447DOI: 10.7577/pp.2017OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-354447DiVA, id: diva2:1221300
Available from: 2018-06-19 Created: 2018-06-19 Last updated: 2018-09-26Bibliographically approved

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