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Landscapes of care: comparative perspectives on family caregiving

By Andrew Power


The care of people with intellectual disabilities is provided by a variety of sources. Of all these sources, the informal sector - made up of family caregivers - is the largest. This book is concerned with the geographies of carer support and how institutional structures at national, regional and local levels interlock to provide systems of care support. This book raises pertinent questions around the role of government, civil society and service providers in family support. At the national level, state and voluntary services are analysed in the US, England and Ireland by examining how caregivers are ‘targeted’ by the different models of welfare. A post-structuralist perspective is used to examine how carers and care recipients are socially constructed across space and place, and how care discourses have manifested themselves in the provision of care services. Interviews were carried out with statutory and voluntary carer support agencies on how policies are interpreted and implemented on the ground in each country.<br/>To explore these issues in more depth, this book examines the case of Ireland in more detail. Ireland has a very history level of support across scale and possesses a unique blend of Catholic conservative ‘family’ policy and ‘neo-liberal’ statutory provision which makes it a particularly interesting case in examining broader debates in welfare and redistributive justice. <br/>This case study is informed by the narratives of family caregivers who are affected by such policy. Particular attention is paid to the everyday geographies of care and experiences of support services by the families themselves. The caregivers’ accounts illustrate both the social and spatial difficulties of navigating through a landscape of care characterised by insufficient and conflicting information on services, a lack of shared knowledge between service providers and limited available services, and how these problems shape the caregiving experience within the home

Topics: G1, H1
Publisher: Ashgate
Year: 2010
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Provided by: e-Prints Soton
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