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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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Biography and caring

Biography and caring

Chapter:
(p.129) five Biography and caring
Source:
Cultures of care
Author(s):

Prue Chamberlayne

Annette King

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861341662.003.0005

This chapter presents a biographical analysis of care based on the premise that caring is a significant life-course event, regardless of the length of the caring activity or its eventual outcome. It explores the differences in the significance of caring for individuals' lives, and between carers who can hold onto a sense of their past and future identities and those who become entrenched in the present. It also discusses the implications for support work of the biographical approach and of distinguishing different stages of the caring career.

Keywords:   care, biographical analysis, caring activity, carers, caring career

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