Working Conditions of Eldercare Workers: Looking into the Future

Authors: Patricia Yocie Hierofani*, Uppsala University, Micheline van Riemsdijk, Uppsala University
Topics: Economic Geography, Ethnic Geography, Migration
Keywords: Care, elderly, working conditions, labor, gender, migration, precarious
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Virtual 31
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The high number of Covid-related cases in elder care have raised critical issues of poor working conditions, precarious employment, staffing shortages, and shortcomings in eldercare management. Welfare regimes, gender regimes, and social and cultural practices shape eldercare practices. Labour regimes, meanwhile, directly affect working conditions of eldercare workers. Thus, it is necessary to theorize care practices as multiple. Furthermore, as migrant and ethnic minority workers are overrepresented among care workers and thus face a higher risk to be infected by Covid-19, an intersectional method to analyze care practices can no longer be ignored.

This presentation will contribute to care geographies by mapping knowledge on working conditions of eldercare workers and identifying future research needs. The material for the presentation is based on a systematic review of articles in English in international scientific journals between 2000-2020. The presentation will provide a quantitative analysis of geographical and thematic distribution of the empirical data and a qualitative analysis of key themes in the surveyed literature. It will also identify future research needs in geographies of elder care.

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