Purpose: The purpose of this article is to critically examine Joan Acker's notion of inequality regimes by applying it to the case of global nurse care chains (GNCCs). The article examines the organisational practices of GNCCs and how inequality barriers are practiced and legitimised.
Design/methodology/approach: The article is based on qualitative interviews with different institutional representatives involved in Filipino nurse recruitment to Finland (N = 25), recruited Filipino nurses (N = 20) and Filipino nurses working in Finland (N = 9).
Findings: The article demonstrates different organisational practices through which inequality regimes are created and sustained. These include the racialised construction of the Philippines as situated in the global periphery and functioning as a resource of labour for the global core and the Filipino nurse as innately more caring. The inequalities are legitimised through deskilling in which the nurses' command of Finnish language is a key form of justification. Filipino nurses' precarious legal status renders them compliant workers from an organisational perspective and vulnerable workers who fear to claim their rights as workers. Practical implications: By discussing barriers to inequality, the article illustrates how inequalities in diverse workplaces and the undervaluing of nurse work could be addressed.
Originality/value: The article uniquely applies Acker's inequality regimes to the study of GNCCs. It argues that the concept of inequality regimes would benefit from developing it towards a global context.
|Peer-reviewed scientific journal||Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal|
|Number of pages||33|
|Publication status||Published - 23.12.2020|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article - refereed|
- 512 Business and Management
- inequality regimes
- global care chains
- nurse recruitment
- global nurse care chains
Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)
- AoS: Responsible organising