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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This book emphasizes that family care of relatives with chronic disabilities is
typically not a single, time-limited episode, but frequently spans the life course.
For some family caregivers, particularly women, caring is a lifelong pattern.
long-term care to relatives with disabilities. How family size, structure, roles, and
responsibilities vary by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, and sexual
orientation and interact with larger societal trends are examined in Chapter 2, "
relatives with disabilities, and also because of feelings of stigma. Families with
relatives with a serious mental illness or developmental disability may be
reluctant to invite friends and neighbors to their home, or may curtail their
involvement in ...
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