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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As has been the case with research in the social sciences generally, the first step
in bringing a feminist analysis to the care of adult dependents was the
recognition of its absence, and that the causes for this are structural, not
Individuals with chronic mental illness require prolonged mental health care —
typically 24-hour residential treatment and social support (Goldman &
Manderscheid, 1987). Their disorders include some form or combination of
individuals are viewed as having rights and responsibilities in the public sphere
based on one's own personal status as women, men, children, the aged,
homosexuals, etc. Public organizations recognize the natural characteristic of
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