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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What has been asserted as universal knowledge and truth are "meta-narratives,"
which falsely universalize white middle class males' lives as normative, and
locate on the periphery the diverse experiences of women and people of color ...
For example, an older person may experience the receipt of formal services as
an expression of caring by relatives, not as an abdication of care (Qureshi &
Walker, 1989). Similarly, formal service providers, such as home health nurses or
What was difficult for one caregiver need not be difficult for another: Burden lay in
the experiences of the caregivers." This distinction was important because it
helped explain the confusion regarding why carers did not experience the same
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