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Feminist Perspectives on Family Care: Policies for Gender Justice

by Hooyman N and Gonyea J SAGE Publications, Inc
Pub Date:
10/1995
ISBN:
9780803951433
Format:
Pbk 432 pages
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This book analyzes the phenomenon of family care for three populations of adult dependents with chronic disabilities: adults with developmental disabilities; adults with serious, persistent mental illness; and the frail elderly. Family care of relatives spanning the life course and across cultures is emphasized.Because long-term care of relatives with disabilities depends upon women's unpaid and often invisible labour, caregiving is presented as a central feminist issue. Using this as a framework, the authors review the changing family structure, the changing economy and work force, and the changing health care needs of disabled adults. They then critique existing public and private policies, demonstrating a need for fundamental structural changes in social institutions and attitudes to improve women's lives, proposing a social model of care that is oriented toward gender justice. This emphasizes recognition of the work of caring and its impact upon women socially, personally and economically, and assurance of flexibility and choice for care receivers and providers.

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