Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice 2013, 8 (2011) (2): 123-143.
In this article, we discuss the results of a study within the project Language work as care work. The study focuses on the documentation practices of carers and assistant nurses within three elder care facilities in Sweden. The aim is to explore how representations of work and work content are remediated and recontextualised in some of the key written genres in the nursing home. In this process different discourses, and thus different versions of the practice of caring, are promoted and restrained. In order to show how the literacy practices and written text genres of elder care construe different meanings of caring we closely examine four key genres in the communicative chain and analyse them in terms of genre and discourse. The data discussed here was collected in an eighteen months ethnographic study, using participant observation, qualitative interviews and collection of key texts as the main tools.
Work identity in ethnographic research - Developing field roles in a demanding workplace settingMer info
International Journal of Qualitative Methods 2013, 12 : 152-167.
In this article we problematize our field roles as two linguistic ethnographers who aim to study the communication and documentation practices drawn upon by care workers in elderly care facilities in Sweden. Our field roles are discussed in relation to the complex nature of care workers’ knowledge and competence, which results from three different aspects of their work-identities: institutional, professional, and individual. As researchers, we found ourselves in constant dialogue with the research participants, and our field roles were continuously shaped and reshaped according to the individuals and the situations in which we became involved. Even aspects of our own identities taken into the field, such as our background and personal qualities, proved to be important in establishing good relations with the care staff. Coming closer to the participants’ professional identity proved to be of utmost importance for interpreting their choices and decisions in the workplace. Identity negotiation is presented here as a constructive way of discussing ethnographic field roles in the research field.
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Vardagskunskapen, arbetet och lagen - Om skriftpraktiker och yrkesidentiteter i äldreomsorgenMer info
In: Att läsa och att skriva. Umeå : Umeå universitet och Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet, 2012. 235-251.
The use of Activity Theory in literacy research - Working and developing a professional portfolio and the interaction of the two activitiesMer info
The literacy practices of developing vocational portfolios - interacting activities, negotiating identities and enacting hybrid discoursesMer info
Literacy and the possession of symbolic capital - An ethnography of the role of literacy in the lives of immigrants in AthensMer info
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