Call: Special issue on Welfare technologies in care work in Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies

Special issue editors: Annette Kamp, Jeannette Pols, Aud Obstfelder, Katharina Andersson and Mari Berge.

November 1st 2017 Deadline for submission of abstracts. Submit to journal manager Bo Carstens, bo[at]nordicwl.dk.  Deadline for full papers 1st February 2018. Full papers should also be submitted to: bo[at]nordicwl.dk

Welfare technologies have within the last few years become a new mantra for reforming the Nordic public health care. Following a long period dominated by New Public Management inspired reforms aiming at rationalization and marketization, welfare technologies are envisioned as leading to a new and smarter form of retrenchment, promising better quality, empowerment of clients and work that is smarter and more qualified (Regeringen et al. 2013). Welfare technologies – a term exclusively used in a Nordic context – covers a wide array of technologies such as automatic toilets, eating robots, GPS-trackers, tele-care solutions and many others, and may as such influence care work in very different ways. A common feature is however that these technologies are meant to facilitate a change in the role of the clients/patients through increased self-care, make robotization of the bodywork of care possible, and contribute to the move towards caring, treating and surveilling the clients at home. The welfare political context -as well as the local contexts – influences the way technologies are brought into use and ultimately their implications for working life (Orlikowski 2000, Timmermans, Epstein 2010).

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