Welfare state and the family in the field of social care

Birgit Geissler

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:
Welfare state and the family in the field of social care

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This chapter shows how the findings of the book contribute to the further development of the academic discussions on ‘care’. Several chapters emphasise the role of cultural values and gender relations in explaining national specificity in the care arrangement. It also shows how the interpretation of activities involved in bringing up children and providing care and of the symbolic production of family relationships has been modernised. It is remarkable that the increase in life expectancy and the change in demographic structure have led to an unexpectedly rapid restructuring of elderly care in several countries. The populations in European welfare states uses extensively not only the services but also the institutional instruments and the resources for encouraging semi-formal care work.

Keywords: social care; European welfare states; family; culture; gender; care arrangement

Chapter.  3716 words. 

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