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'Knowing me, knowing you': disability support worker as emotional mediator?


Banks, S, 'Knowing me, knowing you': disability support worker as emotional mediator?, Sexualities, 19, (5-6) pp. 659-676. ISSN 1363-4607 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1363460715620565


The complexities of dating are exacerbated when couplesí getting together happens with the support of another person Ė the disability support worker. This paper explores the experience of Vic, a worker whose role it was to drive a couple to their dinner or movie dates. Vicís narrative prompts consideration of how such workers position themselves within the sometimes conflicting role demands of enabler, risk manager, and mentor, negotiating the emotion work and relationship mediation roles they may be expected to perform. His narrative reveals the event as a performance of normalization, surveillance, management and othering, emotion work and feeling rules, and recognition.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:disability support worker, emotion, recognition, relationships, sexuality
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Social theory
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Banks, S (Dr Susan Banks)
ID Code:109321
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2016-06-08
Last Modified:2020-08-24

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