Abstract Care is not an innate human capacity, rather it is an organizational competence, a situated knowing that a group of professionals enact while attending to their everyday tasks. We propose a practice approach to read care as a matter of concern, for those producing care and for society at large. Care is framed as a collective knowledgeable ‘doing’ in daily working practices that may be learnt, improved or abandoned. It is not separate, nor separable, from its ‘doing’, it is not an object or a quality that is added to work; rather, it is ‘caring’, an ongoing accomplishment. Through an ethnography in a nursing home for elderly, we describe: i) how caring is collectively performed in keeping a common orientation; ii) how caring is inscribed in a texture of practices; iii) how a technological change in nutrition practice mobilizes ethics as practice, in situated decision-making. Since natural nutrition is increasingly substituted by artificial feeding, we describe how the collective and organizational ethic of care in tube feeding is talked in practice, in a front-stage situation and in the back-stage one. In this process the duality of care as a matter of concern and as as the process of being concerned by caring become visible.

Caring as a collective knowledgeable doing: about concern and being concerned / Gherardi, S.; Rodeschini, G.. - In: MANAGEMENT LEARNING. - ISSN 1350-5076. - STAMPA. - 2016:47(3)(2016), pp. 266-284.

Caring as a collective knowledgeable doing: about concern and being concerned

Gherardi, S.;Rodeschini, G.
2016

Abstract

Abstract Care is not an innate human capacity, rather it is an organizational competence, a situated knowing that a group of professionals enact while attending to their everyday tasks. We propose a practice approach to read care as a matter of concern, for those producing care and for society at large. Care is framed as a collective knowledgeable ‘doing’ in daily working practices that may be learnt, improved or abandoned. It is not separate, nor separable, from its ‘doing’, it is not an object or a quality that is added to work; rather, it is ‘caring’, an ongoing accomplishment. Through an ethnography in a nursing home for elderly, we describe: i) how caring is collectively performed in keeping a common orientation; ii) how caring is inscribed in a texture of practices; iii) how a technological change in nutrition practice mobilizes ethics as practice, in situated decision-making. Since natural nutrition is increasingly substituted by artificial feeding, we describe how the collective and organizational ethic of care in tube feeding is talked in practice, in a front-stage situation and in the back-stage one. In this process the duality of care as a matter of concern and as as the process of being concerned by caring become visible.
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Gherardi, S.; Rodeschini, G.
Caring as a collective knowledgeable doing: about concern and being concerned / Gherardi, S.; Rodeschini, G.. - In: MANAGEMENT LEARNING. - ISSN 1350-5076. - STAMPA. - 2016:47(3)(2016), pp. 266-284.
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