Gender, Consent and Exploitation among Sheltered Housing Wardens

Part of the Explorations in Sociology book series (EIS)


This chapter is concerned with general problems about the sources of consent, the processes of exploitation and the forms of resistance among a group of waged women workers in a northern English city, the resident wardens of local authority sheltered dwellings for the elderly. These wardens represent a minor national occupational group but one where women form 95 per cent of the work force (Greve et al., 1981). They are members of a large army of low paid women, in occupations such as home helps, care assistants, nursing auxiliaries, whose job is to care for others.


Moral Imperative Sheltered Housing Daily Visit Shop Steward Housing Department 
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© British Sociological Association 1986

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