Community care worker approaches to working with HIV-positive male clients in Cape Town, South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.author Gittings, Lesley
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-02T07:19:04Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-02T07:19:04Z
dc.date.issued 2015-09
dc.identifier.citation Gittings, L. (2015). Community care worker approaches to working with HIV-positive male clients in Cape Town, South Africa. CSSR Working Paper No. 363. Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-77011-350-3 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21649
dc.description.abstract Caring is typically constructed as a feminized practice, resulting in women shouldering the burden of care-related work. Health-seeking behaviours are also constructed as feminine and men have poorer health outcomes globally. Employing men as carers may not only improve the health of the men they assist but also be transformative with regard to gendered constructions of caring. This working paper adds to the small but growing literature on men in caring by focusing on men as community care workers (CCWs) and their male clients. The empirical analysis draws on the perspectives of eight CCWs and three of their male clients from the Cape Town area. Using semi-structured interviews and observational home visits, this study explores the strategies that community care workers (CCWs) employ in providing support to HIV-positive male clients. In trying to avoid interrupting clients’ performance of hegemonic masculine norms, CCWs used techniques such as indirectly broaching sensitive subjects, acting friendly and being clear about the intention of their work. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) *
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dc.title Community care worker approaches to working with HIV-positive male clients in Cape Town, South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Working Paper en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Working paper en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Aids and Society Research Unit en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Gittings, L. (2015). <i>Community care worker approaches to working with HIV-positive male clients in Cape Town, South Africa</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Aids and Society Research Unit. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21649 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Gittings, Lesley <i>Community care worker approaches to working with HIV-positive male clients in Cape Town, South Africa.</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Aids and Society Research Unit, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21649 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Gittings L. Community care worker approaches to working with HIV-positive male clients in Cape Town, South Africa. 2015 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21649 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Working Paper AU - Gittings, Lesley AB - Caring is typically constructed as a feminized practice, resulting in women shouldering the burden of care-related work. Health-seeking behaviours are also constructed as feminine and men have poorer health outcomes globally. Employing men as carers may not only improve the health of the men they assist but also be transformative with regard to gendered constructions of caring. This working paper adds to the small but growing literature on men in caring by focusing on men as community care workers (CCWs) and their male clients. The empirical analysis draws on the perspectives of eight CCWs and three of their male clients from the Cape Town area. Using semi-structured interviews and observational home visits, this study explores the strategies that community care workers (CCWs) employ in providing support to HIV-positive male clients. In trying to avoid interrupting clients’ performance of hegemonic masculine norms, CCWs used techniques such as indirectly broaching sensitive subjects, acting friendly and being clear about the intention of their work. DA - 2015-09 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 SM - 978-1-77011-350-3 T1 - Community care worker approaches to working with HIV-positive male clients in Cape Town, South Africa TI - Community care worker approaches to working with HIV-positive male clients in Cape Town, South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21649 ER - en_ZA


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