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Ways of Home Making in Care for Later Life

  • Bernike Pasveer
  • Oddgeir Synnes
  • Ingunn Moser

Part of the Health, Technology and Society book series (HTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Bernike Pasveer, Oddgeir Synnes, Ingunn Moser
    Pages 1-16
  3. Moving Imaginaries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Oddgeir Synnes, Arthur W. Frank
      Pages 19-40
    3. Loretta Baldassar, Raelene Wilding, Shane Worrell
      Pages 41-63
    4. Ingebjørg Haugen
      Pages 65-83
    5. Daryl Martin, Sarah Nettleton, Christina Buse
      Pages 109-131
  4. Negotiating Institutions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Daniel López Gómez, Mariona Estrada Canal, Lluvi Farré Montalà
      Pages 159-181
    3. Natashe Lemos Dekker, Jeannette Pols
      Pages 183-201
    4. Bernike Pasveer
      Pages 203-223
  5. Shifting Arrangements

About this book


This is a book on how home is made when care enters the lives of people as they grow old at home or in ‘homely’ institutions. Throughout the book, contributors show how home is a verb: it is something people do. Home is thus always in the making, temporal, contested, and open to negotiation and experimentation. By bringing together approaches from STS, anthropology, health humanities and health care studies, the book points to the importance of people's tinkerings and experiments with making home, as it is here that home is being made and unmade.


ageing in place dying in place home imaginaries practices institutions

Editors and affiliations

  • Bernike Pasveer
    • 1
  • Oddgeir Synnes
    • 2
  • Ingunn Moser
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Society StudiesMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Centre of Diaconia and Professional PracticeVID Specialized UniversityOsloNorway
  3. 3.Faculty of Health StudiesVID Specialized UniversityOsloNorway

About the editors

Bernike Pasveer is Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Studies Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

Oddgeir Synnes is Associate Professor at the Centre of Diaconia and Professional Practice, VID Specialized University, Norway

Ingunn Moser is Professor at the Faculty of Health Studies at VID Specialized University, Norway.   

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Ways of Home Making in Care for Later Life
  • Editors Bernike Pasveer
    Oddgeir Synnes
    Ingunn Moser
  • Series Title Health, Technology and Society
  • Series Abbreviated Title Health, Technology and Society
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-15-0405-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-15-0408-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-15-0406-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXX, 312
  • Number of Illustrations 9 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Science and Technology Studies
    Medical Sociology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“This is a very timely book that deserves a broad audience. First of all, it should be read by everyone interested into topics related to home. By showing how home and care are intertwined, and particularly, how home is made by caring, many new insights are provided. Second, readers interested in topics of care and welfare will learn a lot about the recent shift to “homely practices” in care, and what home care implies for our understanding of care. A very rich book!” (Jan Willem Duyvendak, Professor of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

“Both interdisciplinary and transnational, Pasveer, Synnes and Moser’s book combines original critique of the contested nature of home-making with inspirational case studies of caring about, and with, ageing loved ones in different settings, circumstances, and locations around the globe. This book is an invaluable addition to critical ageing studies and a welcome resource for educators, policy makers and health and allied professionals who are involved in end-of-life healthcare in home, community, and residential care settings.” (Dr. Joan McCarthy, Senior Lecturer Healthcare Ethics, University College Cork, Ireland)

“Home as a good place to live out one’s life is a powerfully positive image—until it disrupts possibilities for living well. This exciting interdisciplinary collection helps transform the stability of home as a noun that may imprison into a verb, breathing life into alternatives and experiments of doing home with care, opening up places of care, showing how home can be thought and practiced in more ephemeral, dynamic ways. This book challenges and inspires!” (Mary Ellen Purkis PhD, Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, University of Victoria, Canada)

““Home” is a term whose meaning could scarcely seem more clear. The chapters in this impressive collection unpack the several issues it conceals, however, in critiquing widely-held assumptions like “there’s no place like home” to care for older adults. “Care”, too, is a term whose meaning is less than straightforward. This book elevates the discussion of both concepts, and certainly their intersection, to a level sorely needed in several fields—gerontology, nursing, and public policy, to name just a few.” (William Randall, Professor of Gerontology, St. Thomas University, Canada)

“Vividly observed, empathetic, and insightful, this book offers important new perspectives on “home”, so highly valued in the contexts of care for the aged but too often left unexamined. Far more than simply a place or building, “home” is revealed to be a marvelously variable, complex and contingent collective accomplishment, made—and continually remade anew—of the dreams, labors, and struggles of ordinary people working to order their world amid unchosen but unavoidable changes.” (Janelle S. Taylor, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada)