Abstract

This essay examines paid care labor that typically assists older adult individuals in performing the activities of daily living. I make the case that emotional labor is constitutive of ancillary care and that some emotion-based utterances are communicative actions in the sense intended by Jürgen Habermas. However, communicative action is undermined because of the manner in which ancillary care is organized. I discuss why this is problematic and suggest ways to enhance the goals of ancillary care by granting communicative action a greater role within caregiving.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1937-4577
Print ISSN
1937-4585
Pages
pp. 94-117
Launched on MUSE
2013-12-05
Open Access
N
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