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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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Carers and the social world

Carers and the social world

(p.151) six Carers and the social world
Cultures of care

Prue Chamberlayne

Annette King

Policy Press

This chapter shows the crucial importance of informal social infrastructures in sustaining carers, helping them to maintain horizons beyond their initial caring situation. It suggests that carers' orientations and dispositions towards the public, social and private spheres and their ways of negotiating among them cannot be read off from formal welfare systems. It discusses the seemingly paradoxical relationship between formal and informal systems in the welfare societies of West Germany, East Germany and Great Britain.

Keywords:   carers, social infrastructures, welfare systems, welfare societies, West Germany, East Germany, Great Britain

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