Plain Old Disrespect: Explorations of Recognition and Motivation in Care Work

27 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2014 Last revised: 13 Jan 2014

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Siobhan Austen

Curtin University of Technology - Curtin Business School - School of Economics and Finance; Curtin University of Technology - Centre for Research in Applied Economics; Cutin University of Technology - Women in Social and Economic Research (WiSER)

Therese Jefferson

Curtin University - Graduate School of Business

Date Written: July 3, 2013

Abstract

Existing mainstream economic models for investigating care work have generated limited insights. In contrast, theory developed outside of mainstream economics, particularly theory that utilises feminist insights, appears contextually relevant to care work but is in a relatively early stage of development for application to empirical analysis. This paper considers appropriate models of care work situations, especially the motives for the performance of care work and the specific role played by ‘recognition’. We outline the experiences and perceptions of mature age Australian women who participated in a small exploratory study. We also report data derived from a subsequent survey of almost 4000 Australian aged care workers. We identify recognition as a factor that, thus far, has not been explicitly considered in the economics literature on the motivation for care work but which has the potential to inform strategies aimed at improving outcomes for care workers and care recipients.

Keywords: Care work, aged care, recognition, caring motivations

JEL Classification: B4, J3, J4

Suggested Citation

Austen, Siobhan and Jefferson, Therese, Plain Old Disrespect: Explorations of Recognition and Motivation in Care Work (July 3, 2013). CRAE Research Paper No. 03072013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2376647 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2376647

Siobhan Austen (Contact Author)

Curtin University of Technology - Curtin Business School - School of Economics and Finance ( email )

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Perth, Western Australia 6845
Australia

Curtin University of Technology - Centre for Research in Applied Economics ( email )

GPO Box U1987
Perth, Western Australia 6845
Australia

Cutin University of Technology - Women in Social and Economic Research (WiSER) ( email )

GPO Box U 1987
Perth, Western Australia 6845
Australia

Therese Jefferson

Curtin University - Graduate School of Business ( email )

Bentley WA 6102
Australia
+61 8 9266 3724 (Phone)
+61 8 9266 3368 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.cbs.curtin.edu.au/business/teaching-areas/graduate-school-of-business

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