1st Edition

Gender and Welfare Service Work in Biocapitalism Lean in Action

    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores how Lean – a global management doctrine – operates and is adopted in the real, corporeal, collective, and affective environments of health and social care services.

    During Lean implementation processes, knowledges, affects, skills, and materialities come together in manifold, complex ways. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, interviews, and observation, and with empirical and theoretical rigour, the book provides an answer to the question of what happens to care work when processes become ‘Leaned’. As in many other fields, the predominantly female health and social care sectors suffer from devaluation in terms of wages and working conditions. The book explores how Lean management is ultimately lived in this gendered context of work and labour. Moreover, the book situates Lean and related management doctrines in the current mutation of capitalism – that is, biocapitalism – in which bios, life itself, becomes the core of value production.

    The book adds to the corpus of work, organisation, and management studies on Lean that have rarely focused on gender, affect, or sociomateriality. It provides scholars in Social Science, Management, and Gender Studies with a fresh outlook and a cross-disciplinary take on Lean management.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license. Funded by University of Eastern Finland.

    1. Introduction
    Helena Hirvonen, Eeva Jokinen, Laura Mankki, Iiris Lehto and Timo Aho

    2. Theoretical toolbox and methodological approaches
    Laura Mankki, Timo Aho, Eeva Jokinen, Helena Hirvonen and Iiris Lehto

    3. Gender in biocapitalism
    Eeva Jokinen, Timo Aho, Laura Mankki, Helena Hirvonen and Iiris Lehto

    4. Temporal architecture of Leaned welfare service work
    Iiris Lehto  

    5. Lean expertise as situated knowledge in Lean translations
    Helena Hirvonen   

    6. Lean-in-the-making: opening and closing black boxes in Lean training
    Timo Aho  

    7. (Un)doing happy Lean: affective configurations of humour and resistance in Lean training
    Laura Mankki  

    8. Affective encounters in welfare service work  
    Eeva Jokinen  

    9. Lean as a radical attempt to reorganise welfare service work.
    Eeva Jokinen, Helena Hirvonen, Laura Mankki, Timo Aho, Iiris Lehto


    Eeva Jokinen is Professor of Social and Public Policy at the University of Eastern Finland.

    Helena Hirvonen, PhD, Adjunct Professor, is Senior Lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland.

    Laura Mankki (MSocSc) is a researcher at the University of Eastern Finland.

    Timo Aho is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

    Iiris Lehto is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Eastern Finland.