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Change in European care arrangements

Birgit Geissler and Birgit Pfau-Effinger

in Care and social integration in European societies

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346049
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301592 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346049.003.0001
Change in European care arrangements

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This chapter describes on a conceptual/theoretical level what it means to analyse change in informal care work, as well as, in a comprehensive conceptual framework, processes of the formalisation of care work. ‘Care’ is not just a comprehensive, descriptive approach to the analysis of the work of accompanying and educating people and attending to their personal needs. Beyond that, ‘care’ signifies the principle element in welfare production and the welfare-state institutional network. Two new main types of informal care work are reported: semi-formal family-based care work and informal care employment. An overview of the chapters included in this book is presented. It can be stated that the way social care is organised is of basic importance for the production of welfare in European societies.

Keywords: social care; European societies; welfare; semi-formal family-based care work; informal care employment

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