Technology Implementation in Elderly Care : Subject Positioning in Times of Transformation

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Segercrantz , B & Forss , M 2019 , ' Technology Implementation in Elderly Care : Subject Positioning in Times of Transformation ' , Journal of Language and Social Psychology , vol. 38 , no. 5-6 , pp. 628-649 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0261927x19830445

Title: Technology Implementation in Elderly Care : Subject Positioning in Times of Transformation
Author: Segercrantz, Beata; Forss, Maria
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science Subunit
Date: 2019-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 22
Belongs to series: Journal of Language and Social Psychology
ISSN: 0261-927X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/305935
Abstract: Innovation is often celebrated as a solution to various challenges in care work. Thus, a growing number of care workers are likely to experience innovations in their daily work. This article examines how care workers and project workers in elderly care are affected by contemporary transformations by exploring: (1) how they construct meanings around innovation implementation and (2) are subject positioned in relation to these meanings. Drawing on discourse analysis, we conduct a case study and analyze semistructured interviews, observations, and organizational documents. We illustrate how innovation is constructed in terms of optimism, and also as a source for struggle, with specific effects on care workers’ subject positioning. The findings thus contribute to new insights into the contemporary dominating discourse of innovation and its implications at the level of practice and subjectivity.
Subject: 5144 Social psychology
innovation
technology implementation
subject positioning
care work
elderly care
undesirable consequences
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