ABSTRACT

In this beautifully-argued book, Karen Cristensen and Ingrid Guldvik provide a comparatively-based insight to the historical context for public care work and show how migration policies, general welfare and long-term care policies (including the cash-for-care schemes) as well as cultural differences in values in the UK and Norway set the context for how migrant care workers can realise their individual life projects. Through viewing migrants as individuals who actively construct their lives within the options and conditions they are given at any time, they bring to the discussion an awareness of what might be called ’a new type of migrant’ one who is neither a victim of the divide between the global north and the global south, nor someone leaving family behind, but individuals using care work as a part of their own life project of potential self-improvement.

chapter 1|28 pages

Contextualizing Migrants in Care Work

ByKaren Christensen

chapter 2|12 pages

The Study's Empirical Ground: Access, Collection, Analyses and Ethics

ByKaren Christensen

chapter 3|22 pages

The Life Trajectories of Migrant Care Workers

ByKaren Christensen

chapter 4|33 pages

Social Mobility – Downwards to Care Work

ByKaren Christensen

chapter 5|26 pages

Gendered Pathways and Care Worker Profiles

ByIngrid Guldvik

chapter 6|23 pages

Negotiating Cultural Differences

ByKaren Christensen

chapter 7|26 pages

Facing Challenging Intimate Relationships

ByIngrid Guldvik

chapter 8|10 pages

The Global Cross of Independence

ByKaren Christensen