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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In many studies of caring relationships, gender has been defined simply as an
individual property or characteristic, either through the inclusion of sex as a
variable in analysis or an expansion on the number of women in the sample.
Nonmonetized and nontech- nological, caregiving became devalued in a society
that increasingly defined work in terms of measurable output and wages rather
than nurturing and maintenance (Bernard, 1983). This dualism continues to ...
Problems are defined in individual, not social, political, or economic, terms; the
individual is seen as primarily responsible for meeting his or her own needs.
Assistance to a needy individual should be temporary and oriented toward
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