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Biography and caring

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/9781861341662.003.0005
Biography and caring

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This chapter presents a biographical analysis of care based on the premise that caring is a significant life-course event, regardless of the length of the caring activity or its eventual outcome. It explores the differences in the significance of caring for individuals' lives, and between carers who can hold onto a sense of their past and future identities and those who become entrenched in the present. It also discusses the implications for support work of the biographical approach and of distinguishing different stages of the caring career.

Keywords: care; biographical analysis; caring activity; carers; caring career

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