The Nordic welfare model has become an ideal in feminist literature and in welfare state studies. This has heightened scientific and political interest in the model and its key aspects, including the provision and production of care as public responsibility. In this engaging volume, contributors from various professional disciplines - including sociologists, anthropologists, political scientists and educationalists - provide a comprehensive overview of the complex state of paid work in social care within the Nordic welfare states and of the dilemmas facing state-provided care in the region. They develop insights into the conditions, practices and trends in the area of paid care in the social and health care sector, insights that expose the dilemmas and tensions associated with paid care and care education. Divided into four parts, the book will greatly interest academics, post-graduate students and professionals concerned with the Nordic model and welfare states. It will also benefit those from outside the region interested in a specific Nordic tradition of research on publicly-provided care and the current dilemmas and challenges facing training in care.
Contents: Introduction: Dilemmas of Care in the Nordic Welfare State, Tine Rask Eriksen and Hanne Marlene Dahl. Care and Feminist Theory In A Global Perspective: Social research, political theory and the ethics of care in a global perspective, Kari Wærness. Dilemmas In The Nordic Welfare State(s) And Their Provision Of Care: The modernization of power in Norwegian home care services, Karen Christensen; A changing ideal of care in Denmark: a different form of retrenchment?, Hanne Marlene Dahl; The changing terms of welfare service work: Finnish home care in transition, Sirpa Wrede and Lea Henriksson; Care as employment and welfare provision - child care and elder care in Sweden at the dawn of the 21st century, Marta Szebehely. Dilemmas In Professions And Users In Public Health: Dirty work in a Norwegian health context (the case of Norway), Rannveig Dahle; Professional knowledge and symbolic care relations in the Danish cancer field, Tine Rask Eriksen; On health professionals construction of dying bodies: the case of palliation services for cancer patients in Denmark, Helle Timm. Different Forms Of Knowledge And Dilemmas Of Care Education: Caring experience and knowledge - inside and outside of Danish classrooms, Betina Dybbroe; Youth culture - a source of energy and renewal for the field of nursing in Norway, Karen Jensen and Bodil Tveit; Learning through the body in Danish nursing education, Kristian Larsen; Conclusion: continuity, change and dilemmas, Tine Rask Eriksen and Hanne Marlene Dahl; Index.