„It's God-Awful, but You Have to Deal with It.“ - Individual Patterns of Action and Interpretation Among Older Male Caregivers
This contribution takes up this topic and presents preliminary findings from analyzing individual patterns of action and interpretation among older male caregivers with regard to the meaning of gender roles and male identities for their daily care practices. The methodological framework of the study consists of problem-centered interviews that are analyzed based on Grounded Theory. Even though the process of iterative theory-development is not finished yet, so far our analyses have already shown narrative constructions of a certain role-migration older men have to deal with when starting to care for their spouses. And although the decision to take responsibility for the daily care practices is framed as a matter of course, there seem to be specific limits of care that are connected to gender identity and the role allocations that have been practiced within the relationship before the wife became in need of care.