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Gendered care, empathy and un/doing difference in the Danish welfare state: care managers approaching female caregivers of older immigrants

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  • Sara Lei Sparre
This article explores how municipal care managers negotiate tensions in
policy logics and state discourses in encounters with ethnic minority
families in Denmark. It focuses on the “self-appointed helper arrangement”,
an option in the Danish Social Service Act under which municipalities
can employ family members to care for older citizen at home. Based
on ethnographic fieldwork, I examine the consequences of this care
arrangement from the perspective of care managers, focusing on gender
dynamics and state-family divides in need assessments and care provision.
I demonstrate how care managers slip in and out of their roles as administrators,
health professionals and morally concerned citizens in encounters
with different caregivers. While they focus mainly on equal access to
care for all older citizens, sometimes they shift perspective and focus more
on the wellbeing of the self-appointed helper in question. These shifts in
moral registers are triggered by empathetic encounters with young ethnic
minority women. However, care managers’ empathy is double-sided and
ambivalent. Although striving to undo difference and include these
women in a community of independent Danish female citizens, they
also tend to place them and their families in a different category than
the majority population and thus risk further marginalizing them.
TidsskriftNORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research
Sider (fra-til)248-260
Antal sider13
StatusUdgivet - okt. 2021

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