Today more men work in the long-term care sector, but men are still in the minority. Little is known about men’s experiences in care work, and the dilemmas and opportunities they face because of their gender. This article focuses on men care workers’ integration into the organization and flow of nursing home work as perceived by these workers and staff members. Using a rapid ethnography method in two Ontario nursing homes, we found work organization affected interpretations of gender and race, and that workers’ scope for discretion affected the integration and acceptance of men as care workers. In a nursing home with a rigid work organization and little worker discretion, women workers perceived men workers as a problem, whereas at a nursing home with a more flexible work organization that stressed relational care, both women and men workers perceived men workers as a resource in the organization.

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Keywords aging, Canada, masculinity, nursing home, race, work organization
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Journal Canadian Journal on Aging
Storm, P. (Palle), Braedley, S, & Chivers, S. (Sally). (2017). Gender Regimes in Ontario Nursing Homes: Organization, Daily Work, and Bodies. Canadian Journal on Aging, 36(2), 196–208. doi:10.1017/S0714980817000071