Home care and aged care in English-speaking countries around the globe have enthusiastically taken up a model of work known as â€˜relationship-based careâ€™ (RBC). Part of the popularity of RBC is because it does not challenge austerity, underfunding, and extensive managerialism. Instead it works within and through them to foster caring connections between patients, staff, and families, and is able to do so because workers are willing to self-sacrifice for clients. Drawing on case study data collected using a â€˜rapid ethnographyâ€™ methodology in two large Australian aged care organisations, this article explores workersâ€™ experience of work and contributes to Boltonâ€™s typology of emotion management in the relationship-based care endeavour. Our typology includes: (1) austerity-linked sacrifice; (2) official discourse; (3) faux control; and (4) compulsory time philanthropy. The article contributes to debates on care work, relationship-based care, emotional labour, and emotion management and working in the context of austerity and managerialism.
|Pages (from-to)||139 â€“155|
|Journal||Work, Employment and Society|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|