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ISBN-13: 9780796924193
Publisher: HSRC Press
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Vasu Reddy is the executive director of the Human and Social Development Program at the Human Sciences Research Council and an honorary professor and research fellow in the school of Social Sciences, college of Humanities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is the author of From Social Silence to Social Science. Stephen Meyer is associated with the Zentrum Gender Studies at the University of Basel. Tamara Shefer is a professor in the department of women’s and gender studies and currently deputy dean of teaching and learning in the arts faculty of the University of the Western Cape. Thenjiwe Meyiwa is the research director in the education and skills development unit of the Human Sciences Research Council and an honorary professor at the Durban University of Technology. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is a United Nations under-secretary-general and the executive director of UN Women. She is the former deputy president of South Africa. Joan Tronto is a professor of political science at the University of Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Figures and tables vi

Abbreviations and acronyms vii

Foreword Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka ix

Preface Joan Tronto x

Acknowledgements xi

1 Towards a critical theory of care Vasu Reddy Stephan Meyer Tamara Shefer Thenjiwe Meyiwa 1

Part 1 Theories and Concepts of care 29

2 Revisiting the UNRISD research on the political and social economy of care: Implications for future research and policy Shahra Razavi 32

3 Integrating difference and care into social justice: Towards a normative framework for care, welfare and social cohesion Vivienne Bozalek 52

4 Care policy as government of life: Three models illustrated with Swiss examples Olivier Giraud Barbara Lucas 68

5 Care and social cohesion in South Africa: Political engineering versus dealing with social discordance Mpilo Pearl Sithole 86

6 Feminist ethics of care through a Southern lens Amanda Gouws Mikki Van Zyl 99

Part 2 Policy imperatives and care 125

7 Parental incapacity and institutional non-responsiveness: The care framework in prenatal and early life services in South Africa Mokhantso Makoae 128

8 The intersection of gendered subjectivities and child welfare discourses: An examination of the developmental child welfare model and the child protection model Jeanette Schmid 153

9 The welfare mix, care and equality: Switzerland in comparative perspective Michelle Beyeler 173

10 Private affairs: The welfare state, gender relations, and the Swiss road to neoliberalism Peter Streckeism 190

11 Are men's healthcare needs important?: A critical analysis of South African health policy Grace Khunou 207

Part 3 Practices and models of care 225

12 Developing a model for analysis of home-based care activities using South African data Nina Hunter 228

13 Gender and care in the non-profit sector in South Africa: Implications for welfare policy Leila Patel 246

14 To care to be cared for: The role of elderly people in the Swiss care regime Brigitte Schnegg Sabin Bieri Andrea Kofler 265

15 Faceless bureaucracy?: The challenges of gender-based violence and practices of care in higher education Anthony Collins 282

Part 4 Narratives of care 305

16 Narratives of gender and practices of care among young people in contemporary South Africa Tamara Shefer 308

17 'I am a male, although I am a little bit soft': Men, gender, and care work in South Africa Robert Morrell Rachel Jewkes 326

18 Fragile families' experiences of caring for HIV-positive children: Selected cases from the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Thenjiwe Meyiwa 342

19 Caregiving in the era of HIV and AIDS: Experiences of a South African HIV-positive woman Thelmah Xavela Maluleke 359

20 Early motherhood, education and childcare; Experiences of social and institutional support among young mothers at school in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal Nomvuyo Nkani 376

21 Care worlds in context: Prospective perspectives for research, policy development and public deliberation Stephan Meyer Vasu Reddy Thenjiwe Meyiwa Tamara Shefer 395

Contributors 407

Index 411

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