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Combining paid work and family carePolicies and experiences in international perspective$
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Teppo Kroger and Sue Yeandle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306818

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306818.001.0001

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Parent-carers in Taiwan and Japan: lifelong caring responsibilities within a familistic welfare system

Parent-carers in Taiwan and Japan: lifelong caring responsibilities within a familistic welfare system

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(p.143) Eight Parent-carers in Taiwan and Japan: lifelong caring responsibilities within a familistic welfare system
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Combining paid work and family care
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Yueh-Ching Chou

Toshiko Nakano

Heng-Hao Chang

Li-Fang Liang

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306818.003.0008

This chapter provides new insights into the lives of parents who provide care for a disabled child in Taiwan and Japan, revealing how they are shaped by social norms and the extent they are affected by new and emerging welfare and social care policies. Four case examples from interviews with mothers of children with disabilities are presented to explore how women in each country reconcile paid work with lifelong caring for a disabled child. The chapter argues that in its employment and welfare policies, Japan has recently begun to move towards a ‘universal breadwinner model’. By contrast Taiwan has been described as remaining within the idea of the ‘family wage’.

Keywords:   Work-care reconciliation, Parent-carers, Paid work, Caring, Disabled children, Familistic welfare system, Taiwan, Japan

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