A Caring Society?

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Care is no longer a private concern. In the era of high modernity, characterized by population aging, family fragmentation and the entry of women into the paid workforce, it has become a major public issue. This important text offers a systematic, comparative analysis of the sociology, philosophy and emergent practices of care in the context of the political economy of post-industrial societies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333993392
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/1/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Fine is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Deputy Director, Centre for Research on Social Inclusion at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables     viii
Acknowledgements     ix
Abbreviations     xii
Introduction: The Emergence of Carc as Public Concern     1
Care on Trial     2
From Private Practice to Public Issue     6
Care as a Social Ideal     10
Social Care, Human Services and Social Change     13
Care in the Social Science Literature     18
The Argument and Shape of the Book     20
Theories and Arguments about Care     23
Defining and Claiming Care     26
The Language of Care     27
A Labour of Love. Feminism and the Theorizing of Care     31
Care as Practice and Process     34
A Profession of Care. Care in Contemporary Nursing Theory     39
The Changing Meanings of Care in Nursing     41
Patricia Benner and the 'Primacy of Caring'     44
Nursing Practice     47
Care in Nursing Theory and Practice     48
Promoting an Ethic of Care for an Unjust World     52
Origins of the 'Ethics of Care' Debate     53
Natural Caring     55
Extending the Moral Domain of Care     57
Are Justice and Care Compatible?     60
Careand Social Capital     63
Care, Power and Social Justice     66
Doulia: A Public Ethic of Dependency Work     68
Carers and Care Work. Social Policy Analysts on Care     75
An Alternative Vision of Care     76
Care as Women's Work at Home     79
Care Work and the New Social Divisions of Care     81
Care as the Production of Welfare     87
The Disability Critique     92
Care as a Citizenship Issue     95
The Politics of Care in the Twenty-First Century     102
Demography Ageing and the Need for Care in the Twenty-First Century     105
The Demographic Transition     106
The Epidemiological Transition and the Need for Care     118
Predicting Future Needs for Care     126
Apocalyptic Demography and the Limitations of Care Projections     137
Work/Life Conflict and the Politics of Child Care     141
Understanding the Demand for Child-Care Policies     142
Employment and Work/Life Conflict     146
Time for Care     149
Post-Industrial Welfare Regimes     155
Child Care and Employment     159
Care and Social Theory     169
The Body, Individualization and the Transformation of Personal Life     171
The Rise of the Body in Sociological Theory     172
Care Work as Body Work     173
Body Work as Dirty Work     175
Individualization in Contemporary Social Theory     178
Individualization, Identity and the Self     179
Life Politics and the Transformation of Intimacy     182
Individualization, Women and Family Care     183
Problems with the Individualization Thesis     186
Individualization and Care     188
Formal and Informal Care     190
Care as a Social Response to Bodily Need     194
Risk, Care and the New Logic of Global Capitalism     199
The Bureaucratic Iron Cage     203
Informational Capitalism and the New Economy     204
The Rise of the Service Economy     207
Care and the Segmented Labour Market     208
Public Policy, Employment and Human Services     212
Risk and Modernization     214
Risk and Welfare     217
Restructuring Care Provision     219
Conclusion: Work and the Future of Care     221
References     226
Index     253
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