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Conceptualising body work in health and social care.

Twigg, J, Wolkowitz, C, Cohen, RL and Nettleton, S (2011) Conceptualising body work in health and social care. Sociol Health Illn, 33 (2). pp. 171-188.

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Body work is a central activity in the practice of many workers in the field of health and social care. This article provides an introduction to the concept of body work--paid work on the bodies of others--and demonstrates its importance for understanding the activities of health and social care workers. Providing an overview of existing research on body work, it shows the manifold ways in which this can inform the sociology of health and illness--whether through a micro-social focus on the inter-corporeal aspects of work in health and social care, or through elucidating our understanding of the times and spaces of work, or through highlighting the relationship between mundane body work and the increasingly global movements of bodies, workers and those worked-upon. The article shows how understanding work undertaken on the bodies of others as 'body work' provides a mechanism for relating work in the sphere of health and social care to that in other sectors, opening up new avenues for research.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Twigg, J
Wolkowitz, C
Cohen, RL
Nettleton, S
Date : 12 January 2011
DOI : 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01323.x
Uncontrolled Keywords : Delivery of Health Care, Emotions, Health Services, Humans, Personal Space, Power (Psychology), Professional-Patient Relations, Social Work, Touch
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Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Sociology of Health & Illness. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Sociology of Health & Illness, 33 (2), 2011, DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01323.x. The definitive version is available at
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 29 Nov 2011 16:02
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:15

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