Care Work: Present and Future

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If care work is to be re-valued who will pay? Why is care work so gendered? As borders between care and other fields, such as education and health, become blurred, might care work gradually merge into other types of work? What are the implications for the workforce?

In this wide-ranging and innovative book, the authors critically examine current themes in care work and look at the changing face of care work and care occupations for those working with children, young people, adults and the elderly.

The book guides the reader through an introduction to care work as it is widely understood today and towards a critical understanding of potential futures for care work. It is organised into two parts: The first part critically examines current themes in care work, such as the definition and boundaries of care work, characteristics of care workers, knowledge and education and the issue of where care work takes place. The second part looks at the changing face of care work and care work occupations. Case studies of different types of care worker, from foster carers to pedagogues are profiled with a focus on future directions for care work.

Care Work is highly relevant to academic and policy audiences, and managers or practitioners working in health, social care, childcare, youth work and social policy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415347723
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/22/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Boddy and Claire Cameron are researchers at the Thomas Coram Research Unit. Peter Moss is a Professor of Early Childhood Provision at the Institute of Education University of London.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Thematic Critique 1. Nineteenth Century Understandings of Care Work 2. Who are Today's Care Workers? 3. Gender Issues and Care Workers 4. Knowledge and Education for Care Workers: What is Good Enough 5. Location, Location, Location: The Importance of Where Care Work Takes Place Part 2: Changing Care Work Organisations 6. The Changing Face of Care Work 7. The Professional Care Worker: The Social Pedagogue in Northern Europe 8. An Emerging Profession: Providing Mentors for Children and Young People Who Have Problem Behaviour 9. Semi-Formal Care Work: The Case of Foster Care 10. Informal Work: Caring Across the Generations Conclusion

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