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Feminist Perspectives on Family Care
Policies for Gender Justice



August 1995 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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.


 
Introduction
 
Why a Feminist Perspective?
 
PART ONE: THE CHANGING SOCIETAL CONTEXT FOR CAREGIVING
 
America's Changing Families
 
The Changing American Economy and Workforce
 
Changing Health Care Needs and Long-Term Care Services
 
PART TWO: THE CONTEXT, EXTENT AND NATURE OF CAREGIVING FOR DEPENDENTS
 
The Social, Political, and Historical Context of Caregiving for Dependents
 
The Gendered Nature of Care
 
The Consequences of Caring
 
PART THREE: A FEMINIST CRITIQUE OF CURRENT POLICIES AND PROGRAMS
 
A Feminist Critique of America's Family Policy
 
A Feminist Critique of Long-Term Care Policies
 
A Feminist Critique of Family-Related Benefits in the Workplace
 
PART FOUR: TOWARD A FEMINIST AGENDA FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS
 
Economic Supports
A Feminist Approach

 
 
Social Services and Social Supports
 
Gender Justice
Achieving a More Family-Responsive Workplace

 
 
National Health Care Reform and Long-Term Care
A Feminist Perspective

 
 
Feminist Strategies for Change
Toward a National Caregiver Coalition

 

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