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The subjective world of home care workers in dementia: an “order of worth” analysis

Travers, Cheryl; Schneider, Justine; Pollock, Kristian; Wilkinson, Samantha; Perry-Young, Lucy; Turner, Nicola


Cheryl Travers

Justine Schneider

Samantha Wilkinson

Lucy Perry-Young


The perspective of domiciliary workers is needed to recruit a high-quality workforce and meet growing demand. An English ethnographic study yielded extensive insights. To structure analysis of the study data, we apply a method developed by political theorists Boltanski and Thévenot (2006) that identifies key variables in different values systems. This ‘orders of worth’ framework is used to map out the distinctive features of the subjective world of home carers. The results can be drawn on to formulate recruitment and retention policies, to design reward strategies or to ensure that training and education opportunities engage effectively with the workforce.


Travers, C., Schneider, J., Pollock, K., Wilkinson, S., Perry-Young, L., & Turner, N. (2019). The subjective world of home care workers in dementia: an “order of worth” analysis. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 38(2), 96-109.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 2, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 22, 2019
Publication Date Feb 22, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 22, 2019
Journal Home Health Care Services Quarterly
Print ISSN 0162-1424
Electronic ISSN 1545-0856
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 2
Pages 96-109
Keywords Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health; Health Policy; Community and Home Care
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Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope:; Published: 2019-02-22