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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Three sets of assumptions about aging, work, and family underlie the creation of
Social Security: (a) only a small percentage of Americans would survive to old
age, and those who did would collect Social Security benefits only for a short time
As Kingston (1990) notes, family-responsive policies have come to be viewed as
either additions to the corporate welfare system as designated through fringe
benefits (e.g., DCAPs, cafeteria or flexible benefit plans) or modifications in work
And because women live longer than men, their comparatively smaller benefits
must last longer (Rodeheaver, 1987; Stone, 1989). In summary, because Social
Security is predicated on differential opportunity structures for men and women, ...
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