Feminist perspectives on family care: policies for gender justice
Sage Pubications, 29 ago 1995 - 418 pagine
Today women find themselves playing an ever-increasing role in caring for older family members who are frail, developmentally disabled, or suffering from serious mental illness. While this has role of women as caregivers has been documented, the actual impact on the lives of women has remained largely unstudied. In this volume, the authors examine caregiving as a central feminist issue, looking at its impact on women socially, personally, and economically. The authors review how changing family structures, the changing economy and workforce, and the changing health care demands of needy adults have impacted on women's lives. They critique existing public and private policies, demonstrating a need for fundamental structural changes in social institutions and attitudes to improve the lives of women. Finally, they propose a social model of care that is oriented toward gender justice--recognition of the work of caring and its impact upon women socially, personally, and economically. For students, scholars and practitioners in the field of gerontology, gender studies, and social work, this book is a must.
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Especially hard hit were the means-tested programs for those in poverty, such as
AFDC, food stamps, and Medicaid. During Reagan's first term, the total reduction
in income maintenance programs was $57 billion, representing 33% of all ...
Much of the writing of New Right intellectuals, George Gilder, Charles Murray,
Martin Anderson, and Lawrence Mead, has criticized income maintenance
programs, particularly AFDC. Common to most of their writings is the view that the
AFDC (originally entitled Aid to Dependent Children), for instance, was enacted
as part of the Social Security Act to be a small, temporary program for widows
with young children. For the first 20 years, the majority of recipients were widows;
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