Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1111/apv.12259
Title: Tuning care relations between migrant caregivers and the elderly in Singapore
Authors: LIEW JIAN AN 
YEOH SAW AI,BRENDA 
HUANG SWEE LIAN,SHIRLENA 
HO LYNN EE,ELAINE 
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2020
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Citation: LIEW JIAN AN, YEOH SAW AI,BRENDA, HUANG SWEE LIAN,SHIRLENA, HO LYNN EE,ELAINE (2020-01-01). Tuning care relations between migrant caregivers and the elderly in Singapore. Asia Pacific Viewpoint. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1111/apv.12259
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: The literature on care relations and eldercare has directed attention towards recognising the interdependence between ‘carer’ (familial caregiver or home support worker) and the ‘cared for’ (the older person). Such an approach gives attention to the contingencies and entanglements that shape the relationships among differently positioned members of care dyads. Drawing on in-depth and ‘go-along’ interviews, we examine how relations between migrant caregivers and their non-migrant elderly charges in Singapore are spatially negotiated – formulated, sustained and reworked – on an everyday basis through Alfred Schütz's framework of intersubjective ‘tuning’. Owing to the unequal ways that migrant caregivers are positioned within Singapore society, moments of positive family-like regard towards them are almost always preceded/superseded by forms of negativity and vice versa. The employer–employee care dyad is therefore best understood as a relational process that requires constant ‘tuning’, as the elderly employer needs care which no one else will provide, while the employee needs the job in order for the migration gamble to succeed. The paper concludes by drawing together the spatial and temporal insights that the conceptual approach of ‘tuning’ brings to analyses of care relations.
Source Title: Asia Pacific Viewpoint
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/168971
ISSN: 1360-7456
1467-8373
DOI: 10.1111/apv.12259
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Appears in Collections:Staff Publications
Elements

Show full item record
Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormatAccess SettingsVersion 
Submitted APV 2020 Preprint Liew et al Tuning Care Relations .pdf4.25 MBAdobe PDF

OPEN

Pre-printView/Download

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric


This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons