Cultures of Care

Cultures of Care Biographies of Carers in Britain and the Two Germanies

Hardback (27 Dec 2000) | English

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Synopsis

This book explores the experiences of informal home carers in the different welfare systems of the former West Germany and East Germany, and Britain. It is innovative in using a biographical case study approach to compare caring situations and caring strategies in the three different societies. The detail and variety of the case studies show how particular social and welfare patterns give rise to recognisable 'cultures of care'.The authors: show how the social relations of caring are structured within and outside the home environment offer a research tool to take into account the significance of informal networksuse separate analysis of 'lived' and 'told' life stories to highlight personal processes of continuity and change in meeting the challenge of caringlink individual caring strategies to the structural features of welfare societies. ·[vbTab]European comparative research creates opportunities for fresh thinking about social policy, showing best practice and piecing together the strengths of each system. The findings of this book underline the significance of caring within social policy agendas and the need to extend and change the parameters of comparative social policy beyond a fixation on social insurance. Cultures of care makes an important contribution to debates about the need to 'strengthen the social' and to build a creative sense of moral agency in welfare systems. It provides a valuable new resource for both academic teaching and the training of social professionals.

About the Publisher

Policy Press

Policy Press

Established in 1996, the aim of Policy Press has always been to try to improve social conditions with publications that will make a positive difference to learning and research, policy and practice. In essence, we are a publisher with a purpose. Based in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Bristol, we are now well-known as a leading international publisher of high quality books and journals across a wide range of subjects including: social policy and social welfare, childhood studies and family policy, ageing, social work and social care, public policy, criminology and criminal justice, health, housing and urban policy. Our authors range from leading scholars and thinkers around the world to talented first-time authors and we also collaborate with a large number of organisations and associations.

Book information

ISBN: 9781861341808
Publisher: Bristol University Press
Imprint: Policy Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 362.04250941
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 526g
Height: 216mm
Width: 148mm
Spine width: 13mm