Feminist Perspectives on Family Care

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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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Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Why a Feminist Perspective?
15
Part I The Changing Societal Context for Caregiving
39
Chapter 2 Americas Changing Families
43
Chapter 3 The Changing American Economy and Workforce
58
Chapter 4 Changing Health Care Needs and LongTerm Care Services
75
Part II The ContextExtentand Nature of Caregiving for Dependents
105
Chapter 5 The SocialPoliticaland Historical Context of Caregiving for Dependents
107
Chapter 10 A Feminist Critique of FamilyRelated Benefits in the Workplace
210
Part IV Toward a Feminist Agenda for Family Caregivers
235
A Feminist Approach
241
Chapter 12 Social Services and Social Supports
265
Achieving a More Family Responsive Workplace
291
A Feminist Perspective
318
Toward a National Caregiver Coalition
339
References
357

Chapter 6 The Gendered Nature of Care
120
Chapter 7 The Consequences of Caring
136
Part ΙII A Feminist Critique of Current Policies and Programs
159
Chapter 8 A Feminist Critique of Americas Family Policy
163
Chapter 9 A Feminist Critique of LongTerm Care Policies
183
Name Index
394
Subject Index
405
About the Authors
417
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