Strangers in care: Using literature to re-theorize care for vulnerable elderly

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Regulated fragmentation organises care of the vulnerable elderly into elements provided by the caring family, professionals, care workers from public/private providers and volunteers. In this exploratory article, I consider the role of the stranger in modern care management, a role that has up to now been neglected or been understood largely in terms of a migrant worker. Using literature, applying discourse analysis and drawing upon Simmel and Kristeva I outline dimensions of the stranger and the unfamiliar that can further research and policy considerations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Care and Caring
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)669-684
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2021


  • strangers, literature, elderly, governance

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