Care and Gendered Work in Reception Centers in Finland

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Jyrkinen , M , Väkiparta , M & Lämsä , A-M 2020 , ' Care and Gendered Work in Reception Centers in Finland ' , Equality, Diversity and Inclusion , vol. 39 , no. 2 , pp. 166-180 .

Title: Care and Gendered Work in Reception Centers in Finland
Author: Jyrkinen, Marjut; Väkiparta, Maria; Lämsä, Anna-Maija
Contributor organization: Gender Studies
Doctoral Programme in Gender, Culture, and Society
Faculty of Arts
Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
ISSN: 2040-7149
Abstract: Purpose This paper focuses on how gendered processes of working life are (re)constructed and are also challenged discursively in paid and volunteer care and work in reception centers. The purpose of this paper is to show how caring work with asylum seekers can both enhance the traditional gender order and challenge it through enabling men to have opportunities to care. Design/methodology/approach The data were produced through qualitative interviews among paid workers and volunteers in reception centers, and analyzed through a discourse analysis approach. Findings Three discourses of care and work were identified: a discourse on solidarity and care; a discourse on control and order; and a discourse on caring men. The findings show that traditional attitudes toward gender are easily discerned in other cultures, but not as easily recognized in the everyday processes near at hand. Gender order is retained through traditional roles, which also reflects conventional attitudes in a society often seen as a model country for equality. However, change is possible, and one core issue is the need to involve men in care work and caring in general. Social implications - The findings can be applicable to the deconstruction of traditional gender order in working life; to the disclosure of gendered xenophobia in work with asylum seekers, in particular through dialogue with "Others"; and to the enabling of care by men. Originality/value Little previous research has been done on care in reception centers and care as a gendered activity with value. In the future many countries are likely to encounter increases in asylum seekers, and therefore, intersections of gender and ethnicity are of importance in societies as regards migration, work and care.
Subject: Asylum seekers
Gender order
Reception centers
6160 Other humanities
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