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Why are care workers from the global south disadvantaged?: Inequality and discrimination in Swedish elderly care work
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8227-3659
Uppsala University.
Linköping University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7098-8611
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5544-4536
2020 (English)In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, ISSN 0141-9870, E-ISSN 1466-4356, Vol. 43, no 16, p. 155-174Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using quantitative and qualitative methods, this study investigates inequalities in occupational status and wages between native-born and foreign-born employees in elderly care institutions in Sweden. It finds that employees from Africa, Asia and Latin America - the "Global South" - are disadvantaged in both respects. Combinatory explanations of the inequalities are needed. The shorter work experience of foreign-born workers in the care sector plus the lesser value given to educational credentials obtained outside Sweden are among the factors related to human capital theory. Access to less-valuable resources in the workplace social networks of foreign-born employees is related to social capital theory. The processes that result in exclusion from powerful social networks, in turn, are found to be affected by discrimination in the workplace.

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Routledge, 2020. Vol. 43, no 16, p. 155-174
Keywords [en]
Migrant worker, workplace discrimination, wage and status inequality, Sweden, social capital, racialization
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Sociology Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40373DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2020.1734220ISI: 000516918100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85080027458OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-40373DiVA, id: diva2:1414374
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Swedish Research Council, 2010-1499Available from: 2020-03-12 Created: 2020-03-12 Last updated: 2020-04-14Bibliographically approved

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