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Sex, Work and Professionalism : Working in HIV/AIDS - Katie Deverell

Sex, Work and Professionalism

Working in HIV/AIDS

Paperback Published: 8th August 2001
ISBN: 9780415233217
Number Of Pages: 216

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Sex, Work and Professionalism examines what happens when professional concern is defined in terms of sex. Based on original fieldwork with outreach workers in HIV prevention it addresses issues of professionalism, emotion work and boundaries, integrating empirical insights with sociological theory.
In most professional relationships sex is not defined as part of the relationship, in fact it is explicitly excluded in guidelines and codes of ethics. HIV prevention outreach workers work in sexual environments with a sexually defined target group and are often employed on the basis of their sexuality. They have to learn how to balance their work and professional lives, overcoming conflicts such as:
* professional role V community role
* sexual skills V sexual boundaries
* personal experiences V professional understanding
* professional identity V worldviews.
Many of the questions being raised in this book about the meaning of professionalism, the pain and pleasure in emotion work and the management of boundaries between home, sex and work are being asked more generally by workers in a range of organisations. Sex, Work and Professionalism argues for a new understanding of professionalism more appropriate to the human services.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Series Editor's Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xii
Orientationsp. 1
Sex, Work and Professionalismp. 3
Reflexivity, Identity and Boundariesp. 20
Hiv Prevention, Gay Communities and Outreach Workp. 33
Why Boundaries?p. 55
Sex, Sexuality and Workp. 57
The Impact of Work on Personal Lifep. 77
How Boundaries Are Madep. 101
Boundary Workp. 103
Professionalism and Sexual Identityp. 126
Professionalism and Work-Life Balancep. 151
Notesp. 171
Bibliographyp. 175
Indexp. 191
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ISBN: 9780415233217
ISBN-10: 0415233216
Series: Social Aspects of AIDS
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 8th August 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.03 x 16.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1