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Care: Personal Lives and Social Policy considers how normative assumptions about the meanings, practices and relationships of care are embedded in our everyday lives. It explores the ways in which these shape our sense of self and the nature of our relations with others. At the same time the book examines how social policy and welfare practices construct these relations and give or deny them meaning and validity. The authors draw upon a range of theoretical approaches and research evidence to bring into focus some of the different spaces and places where questions about care, in all its different dimensions, have been lived out, debated and struggled over. Each highlights the significance that class, 'race', gender, sexuality and age play in the analysis of care relations.
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This book is essential reading for all who want to improve their understanding of the complexities of care and caring in the context of the professional and personal lives of those involved in the process. Hilary Land, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

... will help students and practitioners develop a nuanced understanding of the meaning and morality of care, and the way in which this is implicated in the construction of personal identities and social relationships. Marian Barnes, Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Birmingham

... a functional textbook for students, and others, who want a basic grounding in this subject. Health Matters

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Meet the Author


Janet Fink, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University
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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Questions of care 1
Ch. 2 Personal costs and personal pleasures : care and the unmarried woman in inter-war Britain 43
Ch. 3 Victims or threats? children, care and control 77
Ch. 4 Skin matters : 'race' and care in the health services 111
Ch. 5 Care : meanings, identities and morality 145
Acknowledgements 159
Index 160
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