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Can we recognise women's experiences of caregiving as a 'community of practice'?
Informal caregivers may receive little recognition and feel uncertain of their social position or community entitlements. This study posits whether caregivers involve themselves in ‘communities of practice’, created and negotiated through the course of shared, analogous experiences, boundaries and processes. Membership in these communities may help informal caregivers to make meaning of their new vocation, to recover their identity and learn how to manage as a person who provides care for another. Wenger’s concept of communities of practice was used as a framework to analyse free-text comments recorded by women from the 1946-51 cohort.

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A/Prof Leigh Tooth
Dr Meredith Tavener
A/Prof Leigh Tooth
Prof Jayne Lucke
Dr Samantha McKenzie