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West Germany – the pull into the home

Prue Chamberlayne and Annette King

in Cultures of care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9781861341662
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302018 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861341662.003.0002
West Germany – the pull into the home

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This chapter examines the system of informal care in West Germany. The findings reveal that the German situation is characterised by the pervasive influence of the values of traditional family politics in West German welfare society and that in many ways caring for disabled and frail dependants magnifies the consequences of gendered divisions between the public and private spheres. It argues that informal care is a contradictory arena which bridges traditional and post-modern life courses and provides the text of interviews with West German informal carers.

Keywords: informal care; West Germany; values; family politics; welfare society; disabled; frail dependants

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