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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Because our society, according to the ideology of familism, has continued to
define the second shift for women as normal family life, women's fatigue, role
overload, anger, and resentment are all viewed as personal problems as
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Problems are defined in individual, not social, political, or economic, terms; the
individual is seen as primarily responsible for ... The family is thus defined as part
of the problem, either as the cause (as incapable caregivers), as barriers to ...
It is also important to underscore that mental disorders and psychological
problems are 3 to 4 times as prevalent among the mentally retarded population
than they are among the general population (Marsh, 1992b; Matson & Frame,
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