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Published: 23 June 2016

216 Pages


ISBN: 9780199989010

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Caring for a Living

Migrant Women, Aging Citizens, and Italian Families

Francesca Degiuli

International Policy Exchange

  • Explores the emergence and the development of eldercare, and centers on it as an occupation of its own.
  • Explores the Italian system of home eldercare assistance, which in turn may inform other countries facing similar phenomena.
  • Observes the role that different social actors, including the state, Italian families, and the workers themselves play in shaping and in defining eldercare.
  • Adopts a qualitative approach that places the lived experiences of women at the center of inquiry, rather than of the abstract concepts of family and market.
  • Examines the ways in which gender and racial relations are produced, negotiated, and challenged among the workers, the employers, and the elders themselves.

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