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Title: Dirty work, dirty worker? Stigmatisation and coping strategies among domestic workers
Authors: Bosmans, Kim
Mousaid, Sarah
De Cuyper, Nele
Hardonk, Stefan
Louckx, Fred
Vanroelen, Christophe
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: Domestic work can be perceived to be 'dirty work' in several ways: it is associated with dirt handling, low occupational prestige, and domestic workers have a servile relationship to their clients/employers. This stigma may negatively affect domestic workers' sense of self, and thus coping strategies appear to be critical. In this article, we explore the coping strategies that moderate the relation between the stigma of dirty work and domestic workers' sense of self, based on the analyses of 43 interviews with domestic workers in Belgium. By using a social stress approach in which stigma is considered a stressor, our results reveal a range of maladaptive and adaptive coping strategies that contribute to a negative or a more positive sense of self. Four main categories of coping strategies are discussed: confronting or countering perceptions and behaviours, occupational ideologies, social weighting and defensive tactics. The first two categories are adaptive coping strategies; the last two can be adaptive or maladaptive. We also reveal that workers used adaptive and maladaptive coping strategies simultaneously, leading to mixed implications for their sense of self. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Notes: [Bosmans, Kim; Mousaid, Sarah; Louckx, Fred; Vanroelen, Christophe] Vrije Univ Brussel, Dept Sociol, Res Grp Interface Demog, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium. [De Cuyper, Nele] Katholieke Univ Leuven, Res Grp Work Org & Personnel Psychol, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium. [Hardonk, Stefan] Hasselt Univ, Res Grp SEIN Ident Divers & Inequal Res, B-3500 Hasselt, Belgium. [Hardonk, Stefan] Univ Iceland, Ctr Disabil Studies, IS-101 Reykjavik, Iceland. [Vanroelen, Christophe] Univ Pompeu Fabra, Employment Condit Knowledge Network GREDS EMCONET, Hlth Inequal Res Grp, Barcelona, Spain.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/20661
DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2015.11.008
ISI #: 000368315600006
ISSN: 0001-8791
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2017
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