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Poster for #HASTalks seminar with Dr. Janna Klostermann, post-doctoral fellow, Brock University

#HASTalks: At the limits of care: How women negotiate moral, gendered responsibilities in our aging society

Co-hosted with the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging. Janna Klostermann, post-doctoral fellow at Brock University, presents a socially contextualized analysis of former paid and unpaid carers’ stories.

Jan 26, 2022


#HASTalks is a seminar series curated by The Department of Health, Aging & Society at McMaster University.

This event is co-hosted with the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging.

At the limits of care: How women negotiate moral, gendered responsibilities in our aging society

While much has been written about tensions in care or about the costs and consequences of caring for others, Dr. Klostermann's research is distinct in its focus on withdrawing from care. With the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been more and more accounts of care workers leaving or walking off the job, which has even been dubbed a mass exodus (Gilchrist, 2021). In this presentation, Dr. Klostermann asks, how might we learn from the insights of paid and unpaid carers reaching their limits and stepping back? In what ways do they contribute to revising care politics, pointing to other ways of understanding and organizing care? Drawing on feminist sociological research involving narrative life history interviews, Dr. Klostermann presents a socially contextualized analysis of former paid and unpaid carers’ stories. Doing so enables Dr. Klostermann to contribute both to reshaping the ethic of care (Tronto, 1993, 2013) and to deepening understandings of care’s social organization (Armstrong & Braedley, 2013). Dr. Klostermann's research holds invitations for remaking 'care' in more expansive ways, rethinking what we expect of ourselves and others as we make up our lives in an aging society.

Date:  February 1, 2022
Time:  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm (ET)
Online Session:  Register for this event

ALL are welcome to attend this FREE virtual session!

Please note: This session may be recorded. Please be aware that any materials entered, exchanged, or viewed by participants during the session may be recorded.

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