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Titolo:
HOSPITAL TRASH - CLEANERS SPEAK OF THEIR ROLE IN DISEASE PREVENTION
Autore:
MESSING K;
Indirizzi:
UNIV QUEBEC,CTR ETUD INTERACT BIOL ENTRE SANTE & ENVIRONM,CP 8888,SUCC CTR VILLE MONTREAL PQ H3C 3P8 CANADA
Titolo Testata:
Medical anthropology quarterly
fascicolo: 2, volume: 12, anno: 1998,
pagine: 168 - 187
SICI:
0745-5194(1998)12:2<168:HT-CSO>2.0.ZU;2-E
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
DIVISION-OF-LABOR; WORKERS; HEALTH;
Keywords:
CLEANING; HEALTH; HIERARCHY; HOSPITAL WORKERS; GENDER;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences
Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences
Citazioni:
49
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Citazione:
K. Messing, "HOSPITAL TRASH - CLEANERS SPEAK OF THEIR ROLE IN DISEASE PREVENTION", Medical anthropology quarterly, 12(2), 1998, pp. 168-187

Abstract

Feminist researchers have contrasted the caring provided by women in hospitals with a more fragmented ''curing'' approach, which they identify with the predominantly male professions of medicine and surgery. The author spoke with hospital cleaners about their jobs and their health. Several themes emerged: the invisibility of the cleaning function,lack of respect for cleaners, representations of cleaning as undemanding, and assumptions that women's work in cleaning is particularly easy. Cleaners use various strategies to combat these stereotypes but receive little help from administrators or fellow employees. There is a hierarchy in the status of Quebec hospital workers with curing (doctors) at the top, followed by caring and healing (nurses, therapists, and attendants), and hygiene (cleaners, sterilizers, and launderers) at the bottom. Authority hierarchies in health care are not related to gender in a simple way, although there is discrimination against women cleaners. The fact that cleaning, especially cleaning performed by women,is invisible to managers, other hospital personnel, and patients has important consequences for cleaners' and for patients' health.

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