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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Changes within society at large, specifically the movement of more women into
the marketplace, do not necessarily presage changes in the household. The
growing participation of women in the labor force as well as the government
Between 1890 and 1940, women's rate of labor force participation experienced
only modest gains, from 18% (over three quarters single women) to 28% (over
two thirds single women). The country's mobilization for World War II, and the
Instead, policies were instituted to encourage Swedish women into the labor
force (Spakes, 1992). Thus, what is commonly thought of as the Swedish "family
policy" is actually a combination of universal, pro-natalistic and economic goals.
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