East Germany – the push out of 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:
East Germany – the push out of the home

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This chapter examines the system of informal care in East Germany. It describes five caring situations, three dating from many years before the unification and two which began in the turmoil of that period. It suggests that all these five sets of caring arrangements and strategies were strongly framed by German Democratic Republic (GDR) society. The interviews with welfare personnel and the case studies reveal the hopes and fears East Germans brought by unification.

Keywords: informal care; East Germany; unification; caring arrangements; GDR; welfare personnel; case studies

Chapter.  13498 words. 

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