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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Feminists argue that women's experiences as carers of adults with disabilities
have often been invisible to or misrepresented by researchers, practitioners, and
policymakers. The conceptualization of caregiving as unpaid domestic
6 The Gendered Nature of Care One of the most consistent findings in family
research is that, across the family life cycle, the vast majority of carers for relatives
with chronic disabilities are women. Although both masculine and feminine roles
Although they go on to temper this statement by noting that "despite this greater
visibility of carers in the policy debate, policy itself has not engaged in any
sustained way with their incorporation, remaining undeveloped and seldom
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