Conclusion – caring as a political challenge

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:
Conclusion – caring as a political challenge

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This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study about informal home carers in Great Britain, East Germany and West Germany. The findings suggest that the social sphere is critically important in the democratisation of welfare, by combining support for home caring with pathways to civic engagement and personal development. This chapter sees caring as a political challenge and highlights the importance of this study for emergent debates on citizenship and gender equality, as well as for a new cultural paradigm of social policy which emphasises biographical resources, cultural networks and personalised professional support.

Keywords: informal home carers; Great Britain; East Germany; West Germany; welfare; home caring; civic engagement; citizenship; gender quality

Chapter.  3565 words. 

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