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Carers, Care Homes and the British Media

Time to Care


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Hannah Grist, Ros Jennings
    Pages 1-16
  3. Hannah Grist, Ros Jennings
    Pages 17-38
  4. Hannah Grist, Ros Jennings
    Pages 65-98
  5. Hannah Grist, Ros Jennings
    Pages 99-108
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 109-112

About this book


This book focuses on the relationship between the media and those who work as paid care assistants in care homes in Britain. It explores this relationship in terms of the contemporary cultural and personal understandings of care work and care homes that have developed as the role has emerged as increasingly socially and economically significant in society. Three strands of analysis are integrated: an examination of the representations of paid care workers in the British media; the experiences of current and former care workers; and the autoethnographic reflections of the authors who have experiences of working as care assistants. The book offers a rich contextual and experiential account of the responsibilities, challenges, and emotions of care work in British society. Grist and Jennings make a case for the need to better value and more accurately represent care work in contemporary media accounts.


elderly carers British media ageing studies age older media reports care old age

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BristolBristolUK
  2. 2.Centre for Women, Ageing and MediaUniversity of GloucestershireCheltenhamUK

About the authors

Hannah Grist is Co-Director of the Centre for Women Ageing and Media (WAM) at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. Her research interests lie in ageing studies, media and cultural studies, and qualitative methodologies. Alongside Ros Jennings, she is co-author of a chapter in Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture: Reflections, Refractions, Reimaginings (2017).

Ros Jennings is Co-Director of the Centre for Women Ageing and Media (WAM), and Professor of Ageing, Culture and Media at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. Her research focuses on older age identities in relation to popular music, popular television, and late style performances. She is author of The WAM Manifesto (2012).

Bibliographic information


“This book presents a novel approach to researching care homes and carers, incorporating autoethnography and qualitative interviews with carers, and linking the themes with representations of carers in the British media. The result is thought-provoking and of interest and inspiration to cultural gerontologists, scholars of media and ageing, as well as carers themselves.” (Virpi Ylänne, Senior Lecturer in Language and Communication, Cardiff University, UK)

“This timely, well-researched book is undoubtedly a very useful contribution to the wider field of social care and wellbeing, as well as broadening the debate concerning media representations of health care to a neglected area. It is an important text on an under-researched topic.” (Julia Hallam, Professor Emerita of Communication and Media, University of Liverpool, UK)