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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The Social Security Act of 1935, the foundation of our national social welfare
system, is predicated on a notion of family in which a breadwinner father and a
homemaker mother are committed to each other in a lifelong marriage. Thus,
Before turning to an analysis of the current types of economic supports, we first
examine the central role of Social Security in women's socioeconomic status.
Although women are less likely to be covered by pensions in old age than are
In summary, because Social Security is predicated on differential opportunity
structures for men and women, income irregularities throughout the first half of life
are replicated in the second (Hendricks, 1994; Quadagno & Meyer, 1990).
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