Feminist Perspectives on Family Care: Policies for Gender Justice
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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It is well-established that most caregiving to family members with chronic illness,
about 75%, is provided by women. Yet, equally important, the nature of care
varies by gender. Women perform more direct, handson care, while men provide
Introduction This book examines, from a feminist perspective, the phenomenon of
family care for three populations of adult ... Of household members with chronic
disabilities in need of care, 12.4% are children and teenagers under 20 years of ...
In most instances, family members are the primary carers, furnishing millions of
hours of informal “unpaid” care and comprising the cornerstone of the provision
of community-based long-term care (Estes et al., 1993). For example, it is ...
Increasingly, it is a normative expectation that at some point in a family's life cycle
, it will face responsibility for the long-term care of members with chronic illness or
disability (Zarit, Pearlin, & Schaie, 1993). When families do use formal services ...
Perspective? In the 1960s and 1970s, feminists began to challenge deeply held
societal beliefs of women's “natural” role as the carers for their family members'
physical, social, and emotional needs. They argued that definitions of “mothering”
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Part I The Changing Societal Context for Caregiving
Chapter 2 Americas Changing Families
Chapter 3 The Changing American Economy and Workforce
Chapter 4 Changing Health Care Needs and LongTerm Care Services
Part II The ContextExtentand Nature of Caregiving for Dependents
Chapter 5 The SocialPoliticaland Historical Context of Caregiving for Dependents
Chapter 10 A Feminist Critique of FamilyRelated Benefits in the Workplace
Part IV Toward a Feminist Agenda for Family Caregivers
A Feminist Approach
Chapter 12 Social Services and Social Supports
Achieving a More Family Responsive Workplace
A Feminist Perspective
Toward a National Caregiver Coalition
Chapter 6 The Gendered Nature of Care
Chapter 7 The Consequences of Caring
Part ΙII A Feminist Critique of Current Policies and Programs
Chapter 8 A Feminist Critique of Americas Family Policy
Chapter 9 A Feminist Critique of LongTerm Care Policies
About the Authors