Carers and the social world

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:
Carers and the social world

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This chapter shows the crucial importance of informal social infrastructures in sustaining carers, helping them to maintain horizons beyond their initial caring situation. It suggests that carers' orientations and dispositions towards the public, social and private spheres and their ways of negotiating among them cannot be read off from formal welfare systems. It discusses the seemingly paradoxical relationship between formal and informal systems in the welfare societies of West Germany, East Germany and Great Britain.

Keywords: carers; social infrastructures; welfare systems; welfare societies; West Germany; East Germany; Great Britain

Chapter.  11813 words.  Illustrated.

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