Working with chronic illness: the modes of working

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Werth, Shalene. 2014. "Working with chronic illness: the modes of working." Labour and Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work. 24 (3), pp. 235-248. https://doi.org/10.1080/10301763.2014.961682
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Working with chronic illness: the modes of working

ERA Journal ID18456
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorWerth, Shalene
Journal TitleLabour and Industry: a journal of the social and economic relations of work
Journal Citation24 (3), pp. 235-248
Number of Pages13
Year2014
ISSN1030-1763
2325-5676
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10301763.2014.961682
Web Address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10301763.2014.961682#.VQ4WZo4RqBs
Abstract

The ways that individuals manage their behaviours in the workplace has received increasing amounts of attention since Hochschild’s initial work on emotional labour (1983). Since that time aesthetic labour has been explored (Warhurst et al. 2000) and varying forms of emotional labour or emotion work have been researched (Bolton & Boyd 2003). Progressing this area of research into the working circumstances of individuals with chronic illness has unearthed three new modes of working which are based on similar principles to emotion work and aesthetic labour. These are called adaptive work, asymptomatic work and symptomatic work. Working with chronic illness is a unique experience and requires the use of skills beyond those normally utilised in the deployment of emotion work or aesthetic labour. This paper will discuss adaptive work, asymptomatic work and symptomatic work and relate them to the workforce experiences of women with chronic illness.

Keywordschronic illness, health, adaptive work, asymptomatic work, symptomatic work
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350504. Industrial and employee relations
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