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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INTERCONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE PERSONAL AND THE POLITICAL
Consistent with the feminist premise that the public and private spheres are
interconnected, political and economic forces in the public arena affect the most
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Fundamental changes in policies related to long-term care, social and economic
supports, and the workplace will require the political involvement of family
p. 151). By itself, participation in traditional political activity, such as lobbying,
promotes neither a redistribution of resources nor social change. In fact, under
the interest group approach, citizens tend to perceive politics as dominated by
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THE CHANGING SOCIETAL CONTEXT FOR CAREGIVING
Changing Health Care Needs and LongTerm
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