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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As noted by Dalley (1988), the tasks traditionally allocated to women are central
to survival, in the most basic terms. The function of bearing children — biological
reproduction — and the emotional bonds associated with it become indissolubly
The ideology of familism is rooted in the principle of possessive individualism (
Dalley, 1988), with its emphasis on self-determination, privacy, and freedom from
intrusion. Contemporary social service, workplace, and long-term care policies ...
When services are provided, the rationale is to prolong the family's caring
capabilities through replicating the family form of care as closely as possible, not
necessarily to enhance caregivers' well-being (Dalley, 1988; Lewis & Meredith,
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