For Love and Money
Care Provision in the United States
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Russell Sage Foundation
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Care represents a distinctive form of work with important implications for living standards, economic opportunities, and quality of life. Primary responsibility for the care of children, the frail elderly, and people experiencing sickness or disability has traditionally been assigned to women, reinforcing...
Chapter 1. Defining Care
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While scholarship on care work has burgeoned in recent years, most researchers tend to specialize in analysis of either unpaid care provided within families or paid care provided through wage employment, overlooking similarities and synergies between the two. Quantitative studies often...
Chapter 2. Motivating Care
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The simple contrast between doing something for love and doing something for money conceals enormous variation in the forms that intrinsic and extrinsic motivation can take, as well as the ways in which these forms can be combined. “Love” can represent many different types of motivations: a...
Chapter 3. Unpaid Care
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Care for family members is a central feature of the human life cycle. Most of us are tenderly cared for as children and hope to be tenderly cared for in old age. In between, most of us provide some care for family members and friends. Current descriptions of unpaid care work tend to focus on...
Chapter 4. Paid Care Work
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That most people enter caring occupations in order to earn a living and help support their family members does not diminish the importance of the moral values, caring norms, and personal attachments that often infuse their performance on the job. In this chapter, we call attention to the motivational commitments...
Chapter 5. Valuing Care
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Both unpaid and paid care work represent important contributions to economic and social well-being, but how should we assign a value to them? Measuring both in terms of some common denominator can help us assess their relative importance and understand their joint outcomes, and estimates of...
Chapter 6. The Care Policy Landscape
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"Care policy” is not a common category in American social policy research, which often organizes social policies simply by the characteristics of recipients. The widely referenced congressional publication Compilation of the Social Security Laws (the “Green Book”), for example, categorizes U.S. social policies primarily...
Chapter 7. The Disparate Impacts of Care Policy
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National, state, and local governments provide a complex array of services, benefits, and regulations that support children and adults in need of care and their caregivers. In this chapter, we assess how well the current system is working—and for whom. Assessing the adequacy of U.S. care policy provisions...
Chapter 8. A Care Policy and Research Agenda
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In preceding chapters, we have developed a unified analysis of unpaid and paid care for three groups with particularly intense needs: children, individuals with disabilities, and the frail elderly. We have shown that the costs of care provision continue to be divided unequally between men and women, and that...
Appendix. Measuring Care Work
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Page Count: 304
Publication Year: 2012