Integrating a New Generation Workforce in Publicly Funded Domiciliary Aged Care: A Methodological Case Study Concerning Research into Cultural Emergence
The research applies a methodology, recently developed for the study of social formations (James 2006), to an issue concerning the sustainability of intergenerational relations in the publicly funded domiciliary aged care field. It uses autobiographical narrative data collected in semi-structured interviews. Generations, like the social formations of the nation and state, are socially constructed, and must work together in a domiciliary aged care setting. This methodology brings into focus the categorical ideals of temporality, spatiality, embodiment and ways of knowing. Successful negotiation of these ideals in the domiciliary aged care field will represent the iterative improvisation of relevant cultural objects and is essential for the sustainability of the field, because skilled workers are in short supply. The definition of culture gives equal weight to agency, structure and the intra and inter-generational relationships within which cultural objects are improvised. The relevance of this methodology to the research problem is argued through reference to scholarly literature from the fields of social theory, theoretical psychology and anthropology and current debates concerning classical social theory, culture, creativity, critical realism, new/material dialectics and social constructionism. The methodology facilitates this focused, synchronous case study concerning cultural emergence.
Keywords: Social Formations, Generations, Domiciliary Aged Care, Government, Methodology
Doctoral Candidate, School of Communication