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Emotional Labour in Home Care: Canada Summer School

Ph.D: Visualising emotional labour networks in Domiciliary Care Work across Brighton & Hove

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This project received pledges on Tue 11 Jun 2019

A short summary of My project

I'm raising £500 to travel to Canada for a week to attend Concordia University's Beyond the Body: Recasting Ageing Summer School this July. 

Who I am

Hello! I'm Chanelle and alongside my studies at The University of Brighton, I'm a care worker. I'm about to graduate from my BA (Hons) in Media and Environmental Communication. I've recently won a scholarship from the South Coast DTP to continue my studies through an MSc and Ph.D., building upon my investigation of Domiciliary Care work in Brighton & Hove through my dissertation. Through this, I discovered that the current definition of Domiciliary Care is insufficient in encapsulating the range of labour processes that workers have become expected to carry out, often without acknowledgement or incentive. 

MY story

This project is incredibly important to me, personally and professionally. As a care worker myself, I am no stranger to the emotional labour involved in caring for another individual. We will all come into contact with care work, whether giving or receiving, and I believe that the current system is unsustainable. With ageing populations, the precariousness of domiciliary care work is only increasing, as is the subsequent vulnerability of workers themselves. 

As inherently private spaces, providing care in individuals' homes (as opposed to care/nursing homes) is fraught with additional labour processes and dynamics. Through photography, my dissertation aimed to bring some of these to attention. My photo-series, 'Duty of Care', was the product of this. 

Where will the money go?

I have recently won a place at University of Concordia's Summer School, Beyond the Body: Recasting Ageing. This is a fantastic opportunity for my project, offering the chance to explore what it means to age. This, in turn, will inform my Ph.D. research; how are imaginaries of ageing populations created and sustained, and what implications does this have for care discourses?

The money raised through this crowdfunding project will go solely towards paying for flights to and from Canada to attend the Summer School.

Rewards

There are a number of rewards available, from shout-outs on social media to personalised thank-you messages and copies of my photography series Duty of Care.

I will be providing regular updates on the project, including my time at Concordia University. 

Find Me here

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Duty of Care 

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You don’t just need to give money to help this project succeed! Please share with anyone you think would support or be interested and whilst i want to raise awareness, I'd be so grateful if you could donate. Please support us and help make this project happen, as this research hopes to spark some positive change.

Thank you!