Who Cares Women Care and Culture

Who Cares Women Care and Culture

by Julia T. Wood
     
 

At a time when studies suggest the average American woman spends seventeen years caring for children and eighteen years caring for aging parents, Julia T. Wood examines how culture creates and sustains our definitions of caring, determines who cares along gender lines, and assigns the diminished value that caring has in our society.

Wood argues that America’

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At a time when studies suggest the average American woman spends seventeen years caring for children and eighteen years caring for aging parents, Julia T. Wood examines how culture creates and sustains our definitions of caring, determines who cares along gender lines, and assigns the diminished value that caring has in our society.

Wood argues that America’s expanding need for caring is currently being met at an unacceptably high cost to caregivers. It is time, she believes, to examine caregiving roles and the personal, political, and social issues that surround the question of who cares. Caring must be recognized and promoted as an activity that commands the respect and participation of all members of our society—men and women alike.

Only by implementing changes in the basic fabric of American culture, affecting both the structure and the policies of our society and government, can we, Wood concludes, carve out a system of caring that will recognize caring as everyone’s responsibility.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809319480
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1994
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
195
Sales rank:
532,011
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1A Personal Introduction1
2Who Cares in Contemporary Western Culture?16
3Women, Caring, and the Burden of Selflessness33
4Gilligan's Rhetorical Construction of "Woman"62
5The Genesis of Women's Tendency to Care86
6Taking a Discursive Turn: Constructing Care113
7At a Cultural Crossroad: The Future of Care in the United States131
8Conclusion162
Notes173
References181
Name Index191
Subject Index193

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