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Talking about care/caring about talk

Liz Forbat

in Talking about care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346216
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303671 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346216.003.0001
Talking about care/caring about talk

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This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to argue for a particular approach to developing insights into care. It suggests that paying attention to the detail of the way people talk about their care relationships can illuminate how they manage difficulties, and how practitioners might work most helpfully with them. The chapters are a studied account of how people talk about their experiences, with a particular focus on the troubles involved in care. The book is based on a series of research interviews conducted with 12 people involved in informal (family) care. The polarities in informal care literature, the use of language in care, and working with and researching difficulties in care relationships, are discussed. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: care relationships; informal care literature; language; family care

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