Emotional labour in harm-reduction practice in Ireland

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/314631
Title:
Emotional labour in harm-reduction practice in Ireland
Authors:
Fabianowska, Joanna; Hanlon, Niall
Citation:
Fabianowska, Joanna and Hanlon, Niall G. (2014) "Emotional Labour in Harm-Reduction Practice in Ireland: An exploratory study," Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies: Vol. 13: Iss. 1, Article 5.
Publisher:
Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies
Issue Date:
2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/314631
Additional Links:
http://arrow.dit.ie/ijass/vol13/iss1/5
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Arlie Russell Hochschild’s concept of emotional labour has been applied extensively in the analysis of the emotional, relational and identity processes in a wide variety of service occupations, and to a lesser extent to caring occupations where the central goal is nurturing. It has featured infrequently in social care in general and has not featured significantly in academic debates in Ireland. The paper is based on a small qualitative study of social care workers in harm reduction [HR] day services in the Dublin region. The aim of the research study was to explore how emotional labour impacts on workers employed in day harm reduction services. The paper highlights the centrality of emotional labour in negotiating and managing a sense of professionalism and personal space within a highly stressful area of social care. The workers’ emotional labour involved a process of embodying professionalism, an empathic alertness in their relations with service users, emotional distancing from traumatic experiences, and developing caring spaces in personal and professional life. By considering the emotional labour of care workers, we can better understand the construction of identity within particular contexts. The research raises questions about the status of Harm Reduction and other emotional workers, the sufficiency of the knowledge base for practitioners, and important issues about how to develop and organise caring workplaces.
Keywords:
SOCIAL WORK
Local subject classification:
HARM REDUCTION
ISSN:
1393-7022

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorFabianowska, Joannaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHanlon, Niallen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-25T16:37:52Z-
dc.date.available2014-03-25T16:37:52Z-
dc.date.issued2014-
dc.identifier.citationFabianowska, Joanna and Hanlon, Niall G. (2014) "Emotional Labour in Harm-Reduction Practice in Ireland: An exploratory study," Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies: Vol. 13: Iss. 1, Article 5.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1393-7022-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/314631-
dc.descriptionArlie Russell Hochschild’s concept of emotional labour has been applied extensively in the analysis of the emotional, relational and identity processes in a wide variety of service occupations, and to a lesser extent to caring occupations where the central goal is nurturing. It has featured infrequently in social care in general and has not featured significantly in academic debates in Ireland. The paper is based on a small qualitative study of social care workers in harm reduction [HR] day services in the Dublin region. The aim of the research study was to explore how emotional labour impacts on workers employed in day harm reduction services. The paper highlights the centrality of emotional labour in negotiating and managing a sense of professionalism and personal space within a highly stressful area of social care. The workers’ emotional labour involved a process of embodying professionalism, an empathic alertness in their relations with service users, emotional distancing from traumatic experiences, and developing caring spaces in personal and professional life. By considering the emotional labour of care workers, we can better understand the construction of identity within particular contexts. The research raises questions about the status of Harm Reduction and other emotional workers, the sufficiency of the knowledge base for practitioners, and important issues about how to develop and organise caring workplaces.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Journal of Applied Social Studiesen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://arrow.dit.ie/ijass/vol13/iss1/5en_GB
dc.subjectSOCIAL WORKen_GB
dc.subject.otherHARM REDUCTIONen_GB
dc.titleEmotional labour in harm-reduction practice in Irelanden_GB
dc.typeArticleen
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