Metaphors to work by: the meaning of personal assistance in England

Shakespeare, Tom, Stockl, Andrea and Porter, Tom ORCID: (2018) Metaphors to work by: the meaning of personal assistance in England. International Journal of Care and Caring, 2 (2). pp. 165-179. ISSN 2397-8821

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Personal assistance is an innovative role within social care whereby disabled people directly employ others to provide support. Defining personal assistance as a commodified support relationship is insufficient as it fails to capture the lived complexity of these relationships. The article reports on qualitative interviews in England with 30 disabled people and 30 personal assistants. In the absence of any normative interpretive framework, participants defined their relationships through metaphor: 'paid friends', 'staff' and 'quasi-family. We explore the structure and significance of these descriptors, and offer an overview of the emotional, social and cultural dynamics that shape personal assistance relationship, and give them meaning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: disability,metaphor,independent living,cash for care,health professions(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3600
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2018 15:31
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2023 07:30
DOI: 10.1332/239788218x15187915600658

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