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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Even when women have paid employment, they continue to do more labor than
men within the household, resulting in men's privileges and women's longer total
work week and shorter leisure time (Hartmann, 1981; Rexroat & Shehan, 1987; ...
As a result, only about 25% of older people with disabilities receive paid home
care services, either alone or in combination with care from family members; of
these, only 5% are cared for solely by paid helpers (Leutz et al., 1992). Another
Mothers caring for a disabled young adult were twice as likely to lack paid
employment than married women in general (between 30% to 50% for the former
as compared to 60% to 75% for the latter). Moreover, when these women did
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