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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Politicians may offer platitudes to carers, but little strategic thinking exists
regarding their roles and needs. In this chapter, we explore how men and women
differ, not only in their enactment of the caregiving role, but also in the ways
171) interprets these data as showing that "perception of continuity in marital
closeness lends meaning to caregiving roles." No association was found
between sociodemographic variables (i.e., income, socioeconomic status, age)
and wives' ...
As we have stated, two contradictory hypotheses are often posed to explain the
long-term consequences of the caregiving role: The wear and tear hypothesis
suggests that the repetitive nature of caregiving will take its toll and deplete an ...
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