Disciplinary power and the process of training informal carers on stroke units

Euan Sadler, Rebecca Hawkins, David J Clarke, Mary Godfrey, Josie Dickerson, Christopher McKevitt

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Abstract

This article examines the process of training informal carers on stroke units from the lens of power. Care is usually assumed as a kinship obligation but the state has long had an interest in framing the carer and caring work. Training carers in health care settings raises questions about the power of the state and health care professionals as its agents to shape expectations and practices related to the caring role. Drawing on Foucault’s notion of disciplinary power, we show how disciplinary forms of power exercised in interactions between health care professionals and carers shape the engagement and resistance of carers in the process of training. Interview and observational field extracts are drawn from a multi-sited study of a training programme on stroke units targeting family carers of people with stroke to consider the consequences of subjecting caring to this intervention. We interrogate the extent to which a specific kind of carer is produced through such an approach, and the wider implications for the participation of carers in training in health care settings and the empowerment of carers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-114
JournalSociology of Health & Illness
Volume40
Issue number1
Early online date26 Oct 2017
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Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

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