Killing Them ‘Softly’ (!): Exploring Work Experiences in Care-Based Animal Dirty Work

Linda Tallberg*, Peter J Jordan

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Working with animals is a daily occurrence for millions of people who often complete tasks which are tainted, in spite of the work being seen as essential in modern society. Animal shelter-work is such an occupation. This article contributes to a deeper understanding of the caring–killing paradox (a dissonance that workers face when killing animals they are also caring for), through an insider ethnographic study. We find that care-based animal dirty work consists of unique ambiguities and tensions related to powerlessness, deception and secrecy in the work based on a ‘processing-plant’ framework which informs how workers deal with unwanted animals. We find competing ideologies of care and control to be foundational in this work.
Referentgranskad vetenskaplig tidskriftWork, Employment and Society
Antal sidor17
StatusPublicerad - 06.05.2021
MoE-publikationstypA1 Originalartikel i en vetenskaplig tidskrift


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