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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1991). Both programs are constrained by their limited government funding
relative to the extent of need (Leutz et al., 1992). For adults with developmental
disabilities, Medicaid is the single largest federal program that funds community-
... notion that services are finite and limited, so that one generation inevitably
benefits at the expense of another. Consistent with the ideology of familism, this
debate is also propagated by those who claim a crisis of the family, relying on an
This poses an even greater burden for the caregivers of chronically ill elderly
persons who have not been recently hospitalized and thus cannot use the
already limited Medicare-reimbursed supports (Binney et al., 1990; Estes et al.,
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THE CHANGING SOCIETAL CONTEXT FOR CAREGIVING
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