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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Gender inequities are obvious when women are expected to be the caregivers
and when little societal attention is paid to the effects — both psychological and
financial — on women's lives. Caring work cuts across the personal and political
Central to our feminist analysis of family care is an exploration of how socially
construed definitions of women as natural caregivers affect both women's and
men's lives. Greater attention, however, is devoted to the negative psychological,
In exploring "where to draw the line," Parker and Hall (1993) raise important
questions: Can organizations use what they learn about personal lives in unfair
ways? [and] does the provision of programs such as sick child care create the ...
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