Making Gray Gold
Narratives of Nursing Home Care
In a society in which some two million people live in 16,000 nursing homes, with their numbers escalating daily, this thought-provoking work demands immediate and widespread attention.
"[An] unnerving portrait of what it's like to work and live in a nursing home. . . . By giving voice to so many unheard residents and workers Diamond has performed an important service for us all."—Diane Cole, New York Newsday
"With Making Gray Gold, Timothy Diamond describes the commodification of long-term care in the most vivid representation in a decade of round-the-clock institutional life. . . . A personal addition to the troublingly impersonal national debate over healthcare reform."—Madonna Harrington Meyer, Contemporary Sociology
Association for Humanist Sociology: Betty and Alfred McClung Lee Book Award
Society for the Study of Social Problems: C. Wright Mills Award
American Sociological Association: Research Comte/Qualitative Approaches/Study of Aging
Part One: Mining the Raw Materials
"Welcome to the Firing Line of Health Care"
"How Do You Make It on Just One Job?"
"Where's My Social Security?"
Part Two: Forming the Gold Bricks
"Why Can't I Get a Little Rest around Here?"
"If It's Not Charted, It Didn't Happen"
Part Three: Melting the Gold Bricks Down
"There's Nothing Wrong with the Scale, It's the Building That's Tipped"
Now for "A Little Rest around Here"