Circles of Care
Work and Identity in Women's Lives
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Explores the experience of women providing care to children, disabled persons, the chronically ill, and the frail elderly.
This work examines the experience of women providing care to children, disabled persons, the chronically ill, and the frail elderly. It differs from most writing about caregiving because it focuses on the providers rather than the care recipients. It looks at the experience of women caregivers in specific settings, exploring what caregiving actually entails and what it means in their lives
Emily K. Abel is Acting Associate Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. Margaret K. Nelson is in the Department of Sociology at Middlebury College.
"What impresses me the most is the careful and nuanced understanding of caring — the valuing of women's traditional work of nurturing, along with an acute awareness of how this can be exploited and over-emphasized. I like the combination of close focus that the many interview studies provide with a more global perspective about institutional constraints and resources that influence caring. " — Barbara Melosh.
"The combination of feminist analysis with focus on both intimate and professional caregivers makes this an extremely important contribution to the literature. " — Barbara Hillyer