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Anneli Stranz

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Anneli Stranz holds a PhD in Social Work and works as a researcher and lecturer at Stockholm University. She has studied the everyday life realities and working conditions of care worker from comparative and feminist critical perspectives, and is particularly interested in analyzing how paid care work can be understood in relation to gender justice.

 

Publications

A selection from Stockholm University publication database

  • Dimensions of job precariousness and associations with workers’ health and well-being in Swedish homecare

    2021. Rebecka Strandell, Anneli Stranz. International Journal of Care and Caring

    Article

    Although international research has shown an increase in precarious work in recent decades, few of these studies have been devoted to paid care work. This article joins feminist research on care work with work–life balance-oriented research on precarious work to study the work situation of Swedish homecare workers. The results show a high prevalence of multidimensional precariousness among the care workers and reveal how several indicators of job precariousness are associated with physical and mental strain, poor work–life balance, and intentions to quit the job, including time pressure, lack of job control and limited possibilities to develop and use skills, as well as to create and keep relations with users.

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  • Organising Auditing, Person-Centred Care and Competence in Swedish Residential Care Homes

    2021. Palle Storm, Anneli Stranz. Gendered Norms at Work, 121-136

    Chapter

    Since the 1980s, research on care has stressed that the organisational conditions of work are crucial for workers’ and care receivers’ experiences of care quality. Working conditions in eldercare have been challenged by New Public Management (NPM) reforms, which emphasise standardised managerial control functions. Based on interviews conducted in two Swedish residential care homes we analyse how auditing, person-centred care and competence are implemented in everyday work. The dimensions studied are described with ambivalence: Both positive and negative aspects are linked to three dimensions of work. But, to foster a practice where logic of caring get more space in relation to the rationality of marketisation, there is need for organisational changes that promotes development where the aim of documentation is transparent in everyday work. Further, to achieve person-centred care, workers require conditions enabling them to respond to the person’s needs and not only what is written in care plans. The results show tensions between formal education and experience-based skills that contributed to make the relational and emotional aspects of care invisible and unrecognised. These struggles highlight tensions between two organisational logics—rationality of caring and marketisation—where one, rationality of caring, is devalued by the organisation but not in the everyday work. 

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