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Malene Nørskov Bødker

Malene Nørskov Bødker

PhD Student

My PhD project focuses on the introduction of reablement in the Danish eldercare sector. Politically, reablement is described as representing a paradigm shift ‘from passive to active care’. The aim is to replace long-term care arrangements with short-term training programmes through which the older person is re-enabled into carrying out everyday tasks such as cleaning or doing laundry. In my research I apply ethnographic methods, including participant observations, interviews and document analysis. My research questions focus on the practical and moral challenges and implications that emerge in the meeting between eldercare professionals, older people and their relatives, including how professional identities are transformed, how responsibilities between citizens and the state are redistributed and how ideas about the good senior life and good eldercare are managed and negotiated between the actors involved.

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