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Cultures of careBiographies of carers in Britain and the two Germanies$
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Prue Chamberlayne

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9781861341662

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861341662.001.0001

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West Germany – the pull into the home

West Germany – the pull into the home

Chapter:
(p.23) two West Germany – the pull into the home
Source:
Cultures of care
Author(s):

Prue Chamberlayne

Annette King

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861341662.003.0002

This chapter examines the system of informal care in West Germany. The findings reveal that the German situation is characterised by the pervasive influence of the values of traditional family politics in West German welfare society and that in many ways caring for disabled and frail dependants magnifies the consequences of gendered divisions between the public and private spheres. It argues that informal care is a contradictory arena which bridges traditional and post-modern life courses and provides the text of interviews with West German informal carers.

Keywords:   informal care, West Germany, values, family politics, welfare society, disabled, frail dependants

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