Caring and Gender
Are women naturally better caregivers than men? Can paid care in an institutuion be good care? Can voluntary community care replace government welfare? Is the caring family disappearing? What role should government play in supporting or regulating families? Is day care for children as good as home care? Using engaging case studies and research findings, this lively new book from the Gender Lens Series explores these and other questions and controversies, challenging the notion that caregiving is a "natural" pattern and demonstrating how it is thoroughly social. Written in an inviting and readable style, the authors address complex issues about caring, making them accessible to undergraduate students and lay people. The book shows those who will enter diverse caregiving professions how to see their particular occupation as influenced by the larger society and broader social relations of caring. It also shows how beliefs about gender and family shape caregiving, and how caregiving affects gender inequality.
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Caring and Gender
What Is Caring?
Why Study Caring and Gender?
Natural or Social?
The Devaluation of Caregiving
Caregiving and Inequality
Plan of the Book
The Example of Nursing Homes
Separate Gendered Spheres and the Devaluation of Caring
Case Studies of Good Paid Care
The Care Receivers Power
Gender Care and Welfare in the United States
Government and Caregiving in Other Industrial Countries
The Threat of Big Brother
Work and Care Become Separate Spheres
Caregiving Becomes a Profession
Caring in Families
Families That Are Not SelfSufficient
Parental Care for Children
Caring in Couples
Conflicts Between Paid Work and Family Caring
Family Care for People Who Are Chronically III or Severely Disabled
Devaluing Caring ProfitMaking Bureaucracy and Hierarchy
Paid Care Can Be Good Care
How Can Government Both Support Caregiving and Promote Gender Equality?
Caregiving in Communities
What is Community Care?
What Are the Benefits of Care in Communities?
What Are the Limits of Caregiving in Communities?
The Future of Caregiving
Explaining Gendered Caring and Gender Inequality
Paths to Expanding Care and Gender Equality
Notes and References
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