A Caring Society?: Care and the Dilemmas of Human Services in the 21st Century

A Caring Society?: Care and the Dilemmas of Human Services in the 21st Century



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In the twenty-first century, characterized by population aging, family fragmentation and the entry of women into the paid workforce, caring has become a major public issue. This book offers a comparative analysis of the sociology, philosophy and emergent practices of care in the context of the political economy of post-industrial societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333993385
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 11/14/2006
Edition description: 2006
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Introduction.- The Emergence of Care as a Public Concern.- PART ONE: THEORIES AND ARGUMENTS ABOUT CARE.- Defining and Claiming Care.- A Profession of Care: Care in Contemporary Nursing Theory.- Promoting an Ethic of Care for an Unjust World.- Carers and Care Work: Social Policy Analysts on Care.- PART TWO: THE POLITICS OF CARE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.- Demography, Aging and the Need for Care in the 21st Century.- Work/Life Conflict and the Politics of Child Care.- PART THREE: CARE AND SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY.- The Body, Individualization and the Transformation of Personal Life.- Risk, Care and New Logic of Global Capitalism.

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'...I would recommend this text to anyone with a concern about the future of our profession and its management in these 'modernising' times...I see his most important contribution as one that looks to transform care from a matter of personal sacrifice to one of reciprocity, of citizenship, the right to both receive and give care being as importan as a right to work.' - Steve Moore, Professional Social Work

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